Multi-Factor Authentication on Drexel Office 365 Accounts

To provide a higher level of security for accounts holding personal information, Drexel University IT (DUIT) is enforcing multi-factor authentication (MFA) on all Drexel Office 365 accounts. This applies to all Microsoft Office applications as well as Drexel email. The first authentication factor is the account password you currently use. The second authentication factor is a phone or phone number that’s associated with you.

Before You Begin

Before setting up MFA, you will need to decide which method of authentication you would like to use as your second factor. Your options include:
1. The Microsoft Authenticator app for your smartphone.
2. A text message to your cell phone.
3. A phone call to a number of your choosing.

LeBow Tech recommends using the Microsoft Authenticator app in conjunction with MFA. This app provides a quick, easy way to approve connections to your Drexel accounts.

Microsoft Authenticator is available on both Android and Apple OS platforms and can be found in the Play Store (Android) and the App Store (iOS).

Enabling MFA Using Microsoft Authenticator

  1. Install Microsoft Authenticator on your smart phone.
  2. Browse to https://aka.ms/mfasetup.
  3. When prompted, enter your Drexel email address (ex. abc123@drexel.edu).
  4. Select Next.
  5. When prompted, enter your Drexel password.
  6. Select Sign In.
  7. Select Next.
  8. Under Authenticator App, select Set up.
  9. Select Next.
  10. Select Next.
  11. A QR code will appear. To scan it, on your smartphone:
    1. Launch Microsoft Authenticator.
    2. When prompted to enable notifications, allow the request. Mircosoft Authenticator uses notifications for MFA during the account approval process.
    3. Select Add Account.
    4. Select Work or school account.
    5. When prompted to allow access to your smartphone’s camera, approve the request. This is necessary to scan a personalized QR code which is used to pull your Drexel Office 365 account information.
    6. Use your phone to scan the QR code.
  12. Once the code is successfully scanned, select Next.
  13. On your smartphone, select Approve when prompted by Microsft Authenticator.
  14. In your browser, select Done.
  15. A green check will appear next to Authenticator app. Once this happens, select Done.
  16. MFA has now been successfully set up for your Drexel Office 365 account.


Enabling MFA Using Text Messaging

  1. Browse to https://aka.ms/mfasetup.
  2. When prompted, enter your Drexel email address (ex. abc123@drexel.edu).
  3. Select Next.
  4. When prompted, enter your Drexel password.
  5. Select Sign In.
  6. Select Next.
  7. Select Choose security info.
  8. Under Method, select Phone.
  9. Using the Select your country or region, select the correct option for your phone.
  10. Enter your phone number in the space provided.
  11. Choose the Text me a code option.
  12. Select Next.
  13. Enter the verification code you receive on your phone in the space provided and select Done.
  14. A green check will appear next to Phone XXX-XXX-XXXX. Once this happens, select Done.
  15. MFA has now been successfully set up for your Drexel Office 365 account.


Enabling MFA Using a Phone Number

  1. Browse to https://aka.ms/mfasetup.
  2. When prompted, enter your Drexel email address (ex. abc123@drexel.edu).
  3. Select Next.
  4. When prompted, enter your Drexel password.
  5. Select Sign In.
  6. Select Next.
  7. Select Choose security info.
  8. Under Method, select Phone.
  9. Using the Select your country or region, select the correct option for your phone.
  10. Enter your phone number in the space provided.
  11. Choose the Call me option.
  12. Select Next.
  13. Answer the phone call you receive and enter # on your phone to authorize the request.
  14. Select Done.
  15. A green check will appear next to Phone XXX-XXX-XXXX. Once this happens, select Done.
  16. MFA has now been successfully set up for your Drexel Office 365 account.

For more information about Drexel’s enforcement of multi-factor authentication, please refer to the Drexel University Information Technology website.