This section will take you step-by-step to secure your Office 365 account using a phone that is both accessible and not your office phone. As you will only be asked to authenticate off-campus, setting up MFA using your office number will prevent you from gaining access.
Step 1: Sign in to Office 365 by visiting myapps.microsoft.com. User must log-in using their wEmplID@usm.edu and their campus password.
Note: In the above prompt, enter your wEmplID@usm.edu. wEmplID means the letter "w" followed by your employee/student ID number. USM employee/student ID numbers are either 6 or 8 digits. Example of wEmplID are w123456 if you have a 6 digit EmplID and w12345678 if you have an 8 digit EmplID. wEmplID@usm.edu simply means your wEmplID followed by @usm.edu without spaces.
Step 2: In the below prompt, enter wEmplID@usm.edu and your university password. See
notes above for further clarification of wEmplID.
Step 3: Select the "Next" button on the right.
Step 4: Below the "How should we contact you?" section:
a. Select "Authentication Phone" option from the first drop-down menu.
b. Enter a phone number that can receive a phone call. Office phones should not be used for this step.
c. Select "Call me" option in the "Method" section.
d. Select the "Next" button.
Note: The phone call option allows you to receive a phone call and authenticate directly from that call.
Step 5: You will receive an automated call to confirm that you have access to your
device. Once the system has your response, via phone, the gray "Next" button will
turn blue. Select the blue "Next" button.
Step 6: This step allows you to reduce the number of times you are asked to sign in,
and your response to this prompt should reflect your preference.
Congratulations! You have completed your MFA setup using your phone as the authentication factor.