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Multifactor Authentication

Multifactor authentication (MFA) is an extra layer of security that keeps your ACE account safe.

How MFA Works

With MFA, you will use something you know (ACE password) with something you have (smartphone/device) to prove that it is you when logging into campus applications.

Something you know plus something you have equals secure access.

Verification Methods

With MFA, even if your ACE password is compromised, it makes it difficult for unauthorized users to access your account without having the additional method to verify your identity. Pick a primary and backup method when setting up MFA.

Okta Verify Mobile App (Recommended)

The free mobile app is the fastest way to verify your identity when logging into UNLV applications. Instead of typing a code, you respond yes/no to a push notification on your mobile device (smartphone, tablet, or smartwatch). Since internet access is not required, Okta Verify’s offline mode allows you to provide a verification method with a limited connection.

Text (SMS Authentication)

SMS authentication sends a text message with a one-time login code to your mobile device (smartphone, tablet, smartwatch). You must type the code by hand instead of quickly approving it via push notification from Okta Verify. Message and data rates may apply.

Voice Call

This method calls the phone number associated with your account and reads an access code aloud. You then type the code to verify your identity. This alternative does not require text messages or push notifications. Voice call and data rates may apply.

Security Key

Similar to a flash drive, a USB security key will be inserted or tapped on your device when prompted. A phone is not required for this method. To obtain a security key, contact the IT Help Desk.

Compare Methods

Okta Verify Mobile App

Text (SMS Authentication)

Voice Call

Security Key

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