Why you need 2FA and VPN while working remotely

4 Weeks | 4 Prizes | 4 Reasons to opt in to 2FA

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Set up 2FA on your McGill account for a chance to win Bluetooth headphones like these!

4 reasons why students should get two-factor authentication (2FA) to protect their McGill accounts:

  1. 2FA ensures no one can access your account unless they have both your password and your phone/device.
  2. Protecting your account makes it significantly harder for cyber attackers to access your data, even if they manage to obtain your password... 2FA is your additional safety net.
  3. Protecting your account also protects McGill’s network and institutional data.
  4. You'll have a chance to win one of 4 high-fidelity noise cancelling Bluetooth headsets!


Cisco 700-series wireless headset

  1. Who is eligible: The contest is open to students who do not yet have 2FA enabled. 
  2. Start and end dates: Contest starts Monday, January 18 at 12:00 am and the last winner will be drawn on Thursday, February 11 at 4:00 pm
  3. How to enter: Opt in to Two-Factor Authentication (2FA), and complete the setup instructions.
    (We recommend opting in during the weekdays (Monday to Friday, when the IT Service Desk is open for technical support)
  4. Prizes: The first 100 students to opt in each week between Monday, January 18 and Thursday, February 11 will be automatically entered in a draw to win one of 4 Cisco 700-series headsets (estimated value $200).
  5. Winner selection and notification: Contest winners will be selected by random draw from the first 100 entrants each week, beginning on the Monday of each week (Jan 18, Jan 25, Feb 1, Feb 8). Winners will be contacted by McGill IT Services by email on the Thursday of that week.
    All prizes must be claimed by February 26, 2021 at 4:00 PM; if a winner cannot be reached during this time or declines the prize, a new name will be drawn.
  6. Rights granted by you: If you are selected as a winner, you consent to the publication of your name on the McGill IT Services website and in the What's New @ McGill newsletter.
  7. Limited liability: All entrants agree to release McGill IT Services and McGill University from any obligation resulting from participation in the 4 Weeks | 4 Prizes | 4 Reasons contest.

IMPORTANT: Be sure to read the FAQs and instructions carefully. Opting in is permanent; you cannot opt out after the contest


The more information you make public about yourself, the greater your exposure to online threats such as identity theft, cyber-stalking and cyber-bullying.  Learn more about how to protect yourself:

Learn how McGill is celebrating Data Privacy Day 2021

Tips to Stay Safe Online

IT Security Awareness Training courses

Protect your privacy when using social media

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