What is Authentication?

Authentication is how you prove you are who you say you are when signing into an account. Authentication is typically achieved by entering a password (something only the user is supposed to know).


What is Multi-Factor Authentication?

Multi-Factor Authentication, or MFA, is an additional layer of authentication to help prove your identity using something you have (a phone or token device) or something you are (fingerprint or other biometrics) to help strengthen security for the account.

Hampden-Sydney College uses an authenticator app installed on your phone in addition to a password to provide secure access to your Office 365 email and applications.


Why is Hampden-Sydney College using MFA?

The abundance of sensitive information and valuable research data, among other things, makes Higher Education a prime target for attackers.

Your information is safer because attackers will need to steal both your password and your token device (cell phone) to access applications and/or services protected by MFA.


What if I have issues setting up MFA?

Please contact the Help Desk and we will be happy to assist you and address any questions.

The John B Fuqua Computing Center Help Desk is open 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday – Friday, and can be reached at 434-223-6373 or helpdesk@hsc.edu



More Links:

Set up Multi-Factor Authentication on your H-SC account

Set up VPN with Multi-Factor Authentication