Setting Up the Okta Verify App

Instructions for how to set up the Okta Verify app for multi-factor authentication with 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 Okta Verify?

  1. Go to auth.msu.edu
  2. Enter your MSU Email and Password.
  3. Select Sign In.
  4. Select your Name in the upper right corner.
  5. Select Settings.
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  6. Select Edit Profile.
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  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.
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  9. In the Extra Verification section, select Set Up next to Okta Verify.
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  10. Select Set Up.
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  11. Select your Device Type (iPhone or Android).
  12. Select Next. A QR Code will appear which you will need to scan within the Okta Verify mobile app. Keep this window open on your computer.
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  13. Download the Okta Verify app on your mobile device from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
  14. Open the Okta Verify app.
  15. Select Add Account.
    NOTE: Getting Started type screens may appear before the Add Account screen on some devices.
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  16. Select Organization.
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  17. Select Scan a QR Code.
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  18. A screen may appear asking you to allow the Okta Verify app to use your camera, select Allow.
  19. Scan the QR code on your computer screen with your mobile device.
  20. Select Done.
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  21. Okta Verify is now set up on your mobile device to use for multi-factor authentication.

How do I use Okta Verify as my MFA app during login?

  1. After entering your credentials, select the Downward Arrow next to the shield icon within the circle.
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  2. Select Okta Verify.
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  3. Select Send Push.
    NOTE: Once a Push has been sent, the button will say "Push Sent" and not be clickable.
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  4. On the device you have Okta set up on, you will see a notification to click on. After opening the notification, select "Yes, it's me."
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  5. Your login should now proceed to the appropriate site.

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