Starting on November 1st, 2020, myCourses Learning Management System will support two-factor authentication (2FA), the security standard for authentication across universities and business sectors.
How does it affect you?
- If you entered McGill as of January 2020, or you opted in/enabled your McGill account with 2FA, you will now be prompted for a second authentication method when signing in to myCourses, similar to what you already experience when signing into Office 365.
- The 2FA prompt will only appear when you access myCourses and other systems from off-campus (outside the McGill network).
- You can check the box: "Do not ask again for 60 days.", so you should only be prompted every two months, or whenever you switch devices.
Not yet 2FA-enabled?
- If you have not yet opted in to 2FA, you will not be impacted by this change. However, 2FA is strongly recommended to increase security on your McGIll account. By adding a second authentication method – either a code or app notification sent to your mobile device – no one else would be able to access your account, even if they were to obtain your password. Find out more and opt-in by visiting www.mcgill.ca/2fa
Note that 2FA is now supported on all major applications at McGill and will eventually be mandatory for the entire McGill community.