Students required to activate multifactor authentication by March 25

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Information Technology Services at Iowa State is helping protect students’ accounts and data from cybercrime through “multifactor authentication” (MFA). All students will be required to activate multifactor authentication (MFA) for their ISU login by March 25.

Multifactor authentication is a two-step login system that requires an additional action after inputting an account password (like inputting a 6-digit code received via text). With MFA enabled, hackers cannot easily compromise a user’s primary email account and other account information routed through it. For example, if a hacker gained access to your primary email, they could view sensitive transaction data from an Amazon or Venmo account or even reset other account passwords.

Students will be required to use MFA by March 25. If not using MFA by that date, those students will not have access to their ISU accounts until MFA is enabled. For step-by step instructions to enable MFA, visit