Setting Up Text (SMS) Authentication

Instructions for setting up text message (SMS) based multi-factor authentication for MSU Services.

What is Multi-Factor Authentication?

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) requires you to provide two or more verification methods to gain access to a resource such as VPN and other applications. Instead of asking only for a username and password, MFA requires additional verification method(s) such as a text code, an authentication application, and/or a code from a voice call, which reduces the likelihood of a successful cyber attack.

MSU offers Text (SMS), Voice Call, and the Okta Verify mobile app for Multi-Factor Authentication. It is recommended that you set up at least two options.

How do I set up Text (SMS) Authentication?

  1. Go to
  2. Enter your MSU Email and Password.
  3. Select Sign In.
  4. Select your Name in the upper right corner.
  5. Select Settings.
  6. Select Edit Profile.
  7. Enter your MSU Password.
  8. Select Verify.
    NOTE: If you have previously set up a multi-factor authentication process (app, text, phone call) you will be prompted to complete the existing method.
  9. In the Extra Verification section, select Set Up next to SMS Authentication.
  10. Select Set Up.
  11. Enter your Mobile Phone Number that can accept text messages.
  12. Select Send Code.
  13. Enter the Code you received on your mobile device.
  14. Select Verify.
  15. Text (SMS) authentication is now set up on your mobile device to use for multi-factor authentication.

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