We take the safety and security of our staff and students very seriously.
If you log on to the University network from your home or a location outside our campuses, you will be asked to complete a Multi-Factor Authentication before you can use many of our applications, including Office 365 and Me@Reading.
This would generally involve either saying ‘Approve’ to a login notification on your smartphone or entering a unique code available on your phone.
Instructions on how to set up the app are available on the Remote Services Access Guide.
If you do not have a smartphone, the authentication works through an SMS sent to your mobile phone or through a call on a landline.
These changes are part of our work to make the University and its IT systems secure. Every week, around 40 University accounts are hacked – requiring urgent work to secure those accounts. We need your support to facilitate a secure infrastructure that colleagues can use to work flexibly.
If you have any questions or concerns about this change, please email IT Service Desk.