Students: Multifactor Authentication Protects Your Privacy

  Monday, April 3, 2017 - 5:51pm


Multi-factor 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 implemented multifactor authentication for all student services that leverage the University’s single sign-on service, Pitt Passport. Registration is required.  If you haven't already registered, you will be taken to the multi-factor registration page before you can access University services.  

In addition, the protection of multi-factor 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 multi-factor authentication at this time.

You can start using multi-factor authentication today. Just follow these 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 Technology 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.


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