The UG continuously works to improve IT security. Following the ransomware attack in Maastricht in part, various measures are being taken in front of and behind the scenes to secure the university network even better. One of the security projects is the introduction of Multi-factor Authentication (MFA).
What is MFA?
MFA adds an extra layer of security to the login procedure. This log-in method is also used by the government (DigiD) and banks for secure online banking. After typing in the staff or student number and the password (something you know), a second authentication step follows via a separate device, e.g. a mobile phone or tablet (something you have). This two-step verification method makes it harder for malicious parties to gain access to your account because both the combination of the login name and password ánd the second authentication factor via a separate device is required.
How to set up MFA
The registration process via the MFA portal (mfa.rug.nl) is step-by-step and self-explanatory. If you need help, please contact the CIT Service Desk.
- MFA requires a camera-enabled mobile phone or tablet on which you install the Google Authenticator app or another TOTP app (e.g. independent app Authy of Microsoft Authenticator). You can download the app from the App Store (Apple) or Google Play Store (Android).
- A pc to access the MFA portal mfa.rug.nl.
- Your UG account (P or S-number) to log into the MFA portal. If you have not yet activated your account, please do so via account.rug.nl
- Access to your private email address registered at the UG. You will receive your MFA verification code here.
Frequently asked questions about MFA
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