University Technology

VPN access and multi-factor authentication (MFA)

Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is required when accessing the University's VPN

Accessing the VPN will require that you provide a code in addition to your password when logging in. This code will be sent to you via a mobile app. This security feature will make it much more difficult for attackers to access our network since doing so will require both something you know (your password) and something you have (such as your phone).

MFA Options

Note: the below MFA options may be changing; as of September 15, 2023, Microsoft will be requiring all users to set up Microsoft Authenticator as their MFA method; other less-secure methods may be phased out in the near future.

There are several options for employees to use as their alternative factor for logging in to the VPN from off-campus:

  • A number generated by a smartphone authenticator app such as Microsoft Authenticator, Google Authenticator, or Authy. (Search your respective app store for these apps.)
  • A number sent via text message to a cell-phone
  • Responding to a voice telephone call made to a phone number
  • Use of a physical security key (for those employees without access to a smartphone, cell phone or telephone).  For more information on how to obtain a physical key, please email

Setting Up Your MFA Options

To configure your MFA preferences, visit and log in with your WIU email address and ECom password

How Do I Report Problems or Concerns?

If you experience any issues utilzing MFA, we need to hear from you!  Please email us at or call (309) 298-TECH to report your problems or request assistance.