Students: Multifactor Authentication Protects Your Privacy. Please Register by May 14 | Information Technology | University of Pittsburgh

Students: Multifactor Authentication Protects Your Privacy. Please Register by May 14

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 17:51


Multifactor authentication provides a powerful defense against increasing threats from phishing scams, malicious software, and compromised passwords. These threats pose an immediate risk to your privacy and the security of University data.   

To help protect you and safeguard your privacy, on May 14 the University will add multifactor authentication to all student services that leverage the University’s single sign-on service, Pitt Passport. Registration is required.  If you don’t register before May 14, you will be taken to the registration page before you can access University services on that day.  

In addition, the protection of multifactor authentication will also be required for student employees, resource accounts, guest wireless accounts, OSHER accounts, emeritus faculty, and visiting faculty. Alumni, applicants, and retired staff will not be required to use multifactor authentication at this time.

Don’t wait until May 14 to take advantage of the added protection multifactor authentication provides. You can start using it today in three quick steps:

  1. Register a device (for example, a smartphone or tablet).
    Log in to, click "Add/Manage Pitt Passport Devices", and complete the steps.
  2. Enable multifactor authentication.
    Log in to, click "Secure Pitt Passport Services", enable multifactor for all services, and click "Save".  
  3. Log in using the device that you registered.    

Step-by-step instructions are available at

If you need help registering or have questions, we’re here for you. You can call the 24/7 Help Desk at 412-624-HELP [4357], start an online chat, or stop by one of our Quick Registration tables where one of our support specialists will help get you up and running.