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Reminder: Two-Step Login for Office 365 Coming to Sponsored and Affiliate NetIDs

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Starting Tuesday, February 23, 2021, Two-Step Login for Office 365 will be required for all Cornell University Sponsored and Affiliate NetID accounts.

This is the latest step in the university’s ongoing initiative to improve data security for email, calendars, contacts, and other shared Office resources. After Two-Step Login has been enabled, if criminals manage to steal your NetID password, they will be unable to hijack your email account or access sensitive content stored in it.

University non-academic employees have already been transitioned to Two-Step Login for Office 365. Later this year, Two-Step Login for Office 365 protection will roll out to faculty and academic NetID accounts in April 2021 and then to retiree, retired faculty, and emeriti in early June 2021.

How Will This Change Affect Users with Sponsored and Affiliated NetIDs?

Most Cornell email users have made this transition without issues. For information about preparing for this change, visit Before You Start Using Two-Step Login with Office 365.

If you are a regular user of Office 365 to check your Cornell email, you will rarely, if ever, actually need to authenticate with Two-Step Login when using an app on your computer or mobile device to access Office 365. One time you might would be when you install a fresh copy of the software. Don't worry, Two-Step Login is still giving you its extra protection against malicious users.

With Outlook on the web, if you usually need to sign in there, then you will also be prompted to complete Two-Step Login as well.

Is There Anything Special You Need to Know?

If you access email using one of the following methods, you will likely need to take extra steps to ensure your email access transitions smoothly.

Can You Opt-in Proactively?

Yes! You can enable Two-Step Login for Office 365 in advance of the January 12, 2021, deadline by following the steps described at Opt-In to Two-Step Login for Office 365. Then, test the process as described at Test Two-Step Login for Office 365.

If you encounter issues using Two-Step Login for Office 365, contact the IT Service Desk for assistance.

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