Multifactor Authentication (MFA)

Multifactor Authentication (MFA) for Microsoft Office 365 services (e.g. Outlook, Teams, OneDrive) will gradually become mandatory at the University of Helsinki during 2021. Multifactor Authentication will significantly enhance IT security at the university and safeguard university user accounts better than before.

We will announce the introduction of MFA well in advance during the autumn term of 2021. The IT Center, Personnel Services and University Services began using MFA in the spring and summer of 2021.


Multifactor Authentication will only come into your use on the date of introduction, but you can make the process easier by setting your additional authentication methods well before the due date.

Once MFA has been taken into use at the university, you will not be able to log in to university Microsoft Office 365 services, including your email, without additional authentication.

We recommend adding at least two authentication methods (Microsoft Authenticator mobile application as a primary authentication method and an automatic phone call as backup authentication). The backup authentication method enabled signing in if the primary authentication method is not available.

Multifactor Authentication is only required every 90 days or when logging in with new devices, so authentication does not unnecessarily burden your logging in to the university’s Office services.


Read detailed MFA instructions:

Please define your authentication methods at: Follow the instructions on the page.

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