Alliant Account - Setup Your Security (sign-in page prompt)


You can follow these steps if you're prompted to set up your security info immediately after you sign-in to your Alliant account.

You'll only see this prompt if you haven’t set up the security info required by Alliant. If you've previously set up your security info, but you want to make changes, you can follow the steps in the various method-based how-to articles. For more information, see Add or update your security info overview.

​Sign in to your Alliant account

After you sign in to your Alliant account, you'll see a prompt that asks you to provide more information before it lets you access your account.

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Set up your security info using the wizard


Follow these steps to set up your security info for your Alliant account from the prompt.

Important

This is only an example of the process.  The methods available to you and the type and number of methods required can vary based on whether you are a student or a member of staff/faculty.  Your role may require the use of two-factor verification, and as such, you'll be required to setup at least one of the verification methods that supports that functionality (Authenticator App, text messages and phone calls).  If your role does not require two-factor verification, you may also have access to setup the methods (email and security questions) which can only be used for self-service password reset.  

In this example, we're showing the steps required to configure the Microsoft Authenticator app and a mobile phone number for text messages.

  1. After you select Next from the prompt, a Keep your account secure wizard appears, showing the first method available for you to ​​set up. For this example, it's the Microsoft Authenticator app.

    Note

    If you want to use an authenticator app other than the Microsoft Authenticator app, select the I want to use a different authenticator app link.

    If you want to use​ a different method besides the authenticator app, you can select the I want to set up a different method link.

    Keep your account secure wizard, showing the auth app download page 

  2. Select Download now to download and install the Microsoft Authenticator app on your mobile device, and then select Next. For more information about how to download and install the app, see Download and install the Microsoft Authenticator app.

    Keep your account secure wizard, showing the authenticator Set up your account page 

  3. Remain on the Set up your account page while you set up the Microsoft Authenticator app on your mobile device.

  4. Open the Microsoft Authenticator app, select to allow notifications (if prompted), select Add account from the Customize and control icon on the upper-right, and then select Work or school account.

  5. Return to the Set up your account page on your computer, and then select Next.

    The Scan the QR code page appears.

    Scan the QR code using the Authenticator app 

  6. Scan the provided code with the Microsoft Authenticator app QR code reader, which appeared on your mobile device after you created your work or school account in Step 5.

    The authenticator app should successfully add your work or school account without requiring any additional information from you. However, if the QR code reader can't read the code, you can select the Can't scan the QR code link and manually enter the code and URL into the Microsoft Authenticator app. For more information about manually adding a code, see Manually add an account to the app.

  7. Select Next on the Scan the QR code page on your computer.

    A notification is sent to the Microsoft Authenticator app on your mobile device, to test your account.

    Test your account with the authenticator app 

  8. Approve the notification in the Microsoft Authenticator app, and then select Next.

    Success notification, connecting the app and your account

    Your security info is updated to use the Microsoft Authenticator app by default to verify your identity when using two-step verification or password reset.

  9. On the Phone set up page, choose whether you want to receive a text message or a phone call, and then select Next. For the purposes of this example, we're using text messages, so you must use a phone number for a device that can accept text messages.

    Begin setting up your phone number for text messaging 

    A text message is sent to your phone number. If would prefer to get a phone call, the process is the same. However, you'll receive a phone call with instructions, instead of a text message.

  10. Enter the code provided by the text message sent to your mobile device, and then select Next.

    Test your account with the text message 

  11. Review the success notification, and then select Done.

    Success notification 

    Your security info is updated to use text messaging as a backup method to verify your identity when using two-step verification or password reset.

  12. Review the Success page to verify that you've successfully set up both the Microsoft Authenticator app and a phone (either text message or phone call) method for your security info, and then select Done.

    Wizard successfully completed page 

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