Microsoft MFA and SSPR - First time setup

Introduction

These instructions will walk you through setting up MFA and SSPR on your NEOMED account.  You will prompted to set up your security information immediately after you sign in to your NEOMED Microsoft 365 account (e.g., logins to Outlook on the web, the NEOMED Success Center, VPN, or any other service that uses Microsoft authentication).

These instructions presume you have read the Knowledge Base article Microsoft MFA and SSPR – What is it?

What is needed for setup

  • Approximately 5-10 minutes to complete the registration process
  • Access to a desktop or laptop 
  • Mobile phone protected with Passcode, fingerprint, or facial recognition (iPhone or Android)
  • Internet Access
  • Microsoft Authenticator app (recommended)

MFA/SSPR setup instructions

  1. After you sign into your NEOMED Microsoft email account, you will see a prompt that asks you to provide more information before it lets you access your account.

You will only see this prompt if you have not set up authentication methods (also referred to as security information) for your account. If you have completed the setup already and want to add, change, edit or delete authentication methods, please refer to the Knowledge Base article Microsoft MFA and SSPR – Set Additional Authentication Methods.

  1. After you select Next from the prompt, a Keep your account secure wizard appears, showing the first method for you to set up, the Microsoft Authenticator app.  You will register two (2) methods in this setup.

Note: We strongly encourage you to use the Microsoft Authentication App, as it provides a higher level of security and will enable you to use a more efficient, password-less login in the future. If you want to use an authenticator app other than the Microsoft Authenticator app, select the “I want to use a different authenticator app” link. Additionally, you can set up a different method besides the authenticator app for your primary method by selecting the “I want to set up a different method" link.

  1. Select Download now to download and install the Microsoft Authenticator app on your mobile device, then select Next. For more information about how to download and install the app, see Download and install the Microsoft Authenticator app. Click Next.
  2. Follow the prompts on the Set up your account page while you set up the Microsoft Authenticator app on your mobile device.

Keep your account secure wizard, showing the authenticator Set up your account page

  1. Open the Microsoft Authenticator app, select to allow notifications (if prompted), select Add account from the Customize and control icon (+ symbol) on the upper-right of the app, then select Work or school account.

Note: If this is the first time you are setting up the Microsoft Authenticator app, you might receive a prompt asking whether to allow the app to access your camera (iOS) or to allow the app to take pictures and record video (Android). You must select Allow so the Authenticator app can access your camera to take a picture of the QR code in the next step. If you don't allow the camera, you can still set up the Authenticator app, but you will need to add the code information manually. For information about how to add the code manually, see Manually add an account to the app.

  1. Return to the Set up your account page on your computer, then select Next. The Scan the QR code page appears.

  1. Scan the provided code with the Microsoft Authenticator app QR code reader, which appeared on your mobile device after you created your work or school account in Step 5.

The authenticator app should successfully add your work or school account without requiring any additional information from you. If the QR code reader can't read the code however, you can select the Can't scan the QR image link and manually enter the code and URL into the Microsoft Authenticator app. For more information about manually adding a code, see Manually add an account to the app.

  1. Select Next on the Scan the QR code page on your computer. A notification is sent to the Microsoft Authenticator app on your mobile device, to test your account.

Test your account with the authenticator app

  1. Approve the notification in the Microsoft Authenticator app, then select Next. Your security info is updated to use the Microsoft Authenticator app by default to verify your identity when using two-step verification or self-service password reset.

Success notification, connecting the app and your account

  1. On the Phone set up page, choose whether you want to receive a text message or a phone call. If you select "Text me a code", you must use a phone number for a device that can accept text messages.

Test your account with the authenticator app

If you would prefer to get a phone call, select Call Me. Select Next.  Depending on your selection, you will receive a text message or a phone call with additional instructions.

  1. Enter the code provided by the text message sent to your mobile device, then select Next.

  1. Review the success notification, then select Next.

Success message

Your security info is updated to use text messaging as a backup method to verify your identity when using two-step verification or self-service password reset.

  1. Review the Success page to verify that you have successfully set up both the Microsoft Authenticator app and a phone (either text message or phone call) method for your security info, then select Done.

  1. You will then complete your login to the service you were originally accessing. You may be prompted to Stay Signed In; by selecting Yes, you will receive reduced/no additional multi-factor authentication prompts when trying to access another service during your web browsing session.

Congratulations! By completing this setup, your NEOMED account is now registered in Microsoft Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) as well as the Microsoft Self-Service Password Reset (SSPR) service.

Upon subsequent logins to a Microsoft 365 service or system configured to authenticate with Microsoft single sign on, you will authenticate with the method you registered in this setup. The example below shows the login experience with the Microsoft Authenticator app as the primary/default method.

  

If you encounter issues with your primary/default method, you can utilize the additional methods you established in setup by clicking the Sign in another way link.

You will then be prompted to select a registered authentication method to use to login.

If you encounter issues with signing-in, please refer to the Microsoft Can't sign in to your Microsoft account article.

Set additional authentication methods

It is strongly recommended that after you complete this initial setup, you should configure additional authentication methods (referred to as security information). Please refer to the Knowledge Base article Microsoft MFA and SSPR – Set Additional Authentication Methods for instructions on how to do this.

Change default MFA sign-in method

If you would like to change your default MFA sign-in method, please refer to the Knowledge Base article Microsoft MFA and SSPR – Change Default MFA Sign-in Method.

Change/reset your password and unlock your account

Additionally, by completing this setup, you can now utilize the Microsoft Self-Service Password Reset (SSPR) solution. This solution allows you to change or reset your NEOMED email password as well as unlocking your account if it gets locked (your account becomes unlocked once you change/reset your password.) Once changed, your password can be used almost immediately. You can manage your password from a desktop/laptop or your mobile device.

Please see the Knowledge Base articles below for instructions on using the SSPR service:

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