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Azure AD multifactor authentication (MFA) helps safeguard access to data and apps while maintaining simplicity for users. It provides additional security by requiring a second form of verification and delivers strong authentication through a range of easy-to-use validation methods.


What does Azure AD Multifactor Authentication (MFA) protect?

Requiring two modes of authentication helps DCU protect:

  • Your DCU Apps accounts
  • DCU Pulse VPN
  • Your privacy from cyber criminals
  • You from cyber fraud
  • Phishing attacks
  • Digital deception that may exploit compromised usernames and passwords.

Azure AD Multifactor Authentication (MFA) requires 2 modes of authentication.

Once you’re enrolled in MFA, you can log in using your DCU email address and password, then confirm your identity using the MFA app on your smartphone.

Two modes of authentication include:

  1. Something you know: - unique email address and password.
  2. Something you have: - smartphone with an app to approve authentication requests.


Benefits of MFA

MFA protects your account and your data.

To gain access to your account, an attacker would need your passphrase as well as the physical device you use with MFA. If all the attackers have is your password, they can’t get in. If they somehow obtain your smartphone, they would still need your passphrase. In other words, one factor can fail, and the other will still protect you.

MFA protects DCU.

MFA provides improved security for DCU data assets, including accounts, applications and websites.

Get the app on your phone

Scan the QR code with your Android or IOS mobile device.

Apple IOS

To install the Authenticator app on iOS, scan the QR code below or click on the button below from your mobile device.


To install the Authenticator app on an Android device, scan the QR code below or click on the button below from your mobile device.

How to register for Azure MFA

Student MFA Step 1

Step 1

Step 1

Sign into your DCU APPs account with your email address.

2 Factor Authentication - Step 2

Step 2

Step 2

Enter your DCU password.

Keep your account secure, download the MFA app

Step 3

Step 3

Install the Microsoft Authentication app on your mobile device. If you haven’t already installed the Microsoft Authenticator app, this can be done by scanning the QR codes above or by clicking on the relevant button above from your mobile device.

Click on the + symbol on the MFA app and then next on the laoptop or PC.

Step 4

Step 4

Open the authenticator app and click on the + symbol located at the top right odf the home screen. This will open the Add Account screen. Click on Work or School A/c option, then click on the scan QR code option and then click next on the computer.

Scan the QR code with yoyr phone from the MFA app.

Step 5

Step 5

Scan the QR code on the computer with the scanner which should now be open on the Authenticator App and click on the next button to proceed.

MFA, lets try it out

Step 6

Step 6

A notification is sent to the Microsoft Authenticator app on your mobile device, to test your account. Approve the notification in the Microsoft Authenticator app, and then select Next.

MFA Step 6

Step 7

Step 7

Your security info is updated to use the Microsoft Authenticator app by default to verify your identity when using two-step verification or password reset.

Student MFA New Step 8

Step 8

Step 8

Click on the Done button to complete the registration process. 

Frequently asked questions