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New login requirement coming for Faculty & Advising Center on Sep. 28, 2017

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Sean O'Malley  

At noon on Sep. 28, 2017, Faculty & Advising Center - the system used by instructors and advisors to access class lists, advisee lists, and grades - will join a growing list of OHIO online services that feature a login protection called multi-factor authentication.

What is multi-factor authentication?

Multi-factor authentication turns a login into a two-step process:

  1. Entering a password.
  2. Confirming the login via smartphone app, text message, or automated phone call.

This confirmation step helps protect the university from data loss and you from identity theft should you fall victim to a phishing scam, because a scammer would need both your password and your phone to access your account.

Who needs to use multi-factor authentication?

Individual employees who have access to core University systems that contian protected data like Faculty & Advising Center, PeopleSoft, and e-Business need to use multi-factor authentication. Individual employees also can opt into using multi-factor authentication with any service that uses the standard OHIO login page, including Catmail, by visiting and editing their account information. 

Why the requirement?

With increased access comes increased responsibility. A lost or stolen password that belongs to someone with access to a service like Faculty and Advising Center represents a risk not only to that individual but also to the university as a whole. Using multi-factor authentication significantly reduces that risk.

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