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Authentication

Windows login multi-factor authentication

Double the protection against security breaches

With the number of security breaches increasing every day, relying on usernames and passwords alone to secure users' accounts is no longer an option. It has become necessary to add additional layers of security to filter out unauthorized users. Multi-factor authentication (MFA)—a method in which user identities are verified with authentication methods like Google Authenticator and biometrics—makes this possible.

Logging in to Windows with ADSelfService Plus' MFA feature

With ADSelfService Plus' Endpoint MFA feature enabled, users have to authenticate themselves in two successive stages to access their Windows machines. The first level of authentication is through something they know: their usual Windows credentials. The second level of authentication—something they have—can be through one of the following:

  1. Security questions and answers
  2. Email verification
  3. SMS verification
  4. Google Authenticator
  5. Duo Security
  6. RSA SecurID
  7. RADIUS
  8. Push notification
  9. Fingerprint
  10. QR Code-Based authentication
  11. Microsoft Authenticator
  12. TOTP Authenticator
  13. AD-based secret questions
  14. SAML-based Authentication
  15. YubiKey Authenticator

Implementing MFA during Windows logins ensures that there is no risk to sensitive data, even in cases where passwords are compromised. This means that even if unauthorized users gain access to a user's password, they still need access to the user's phone or email to get the verification code. Moreover, the SMS and email-based verification codes as well as the authentication codes from Duo Security and RSA SecurID are unique to each user. These codes can only be used once and will expire if they aren't used within a certain period of time.

When Windows Logon MFA is enabled, it adds MFA to all local and remote Windows login attempts.

ADSelfService Plus supports Windows Logon MFA for the following operating systems:

  • Windows Vista and above.
  • Windows Server 2008 and above.

How it works

  • When configured, users logging in to their Windows machines will need Active Directory domain credentials to prove their identity.
  • Next, users must authenticate themselves using the time-sensitive authentication code sent to their SMS or email, or through a third-party authentication provider.
  • Finally, users are logged in to their Windows machines successfully after successful authentication through both factors.

windows-logon-tfa-workflow
Figure 1: How Windows Logon MFA works.

Benefits

With Windows Logon MFA, ADSelfService Plus provides improved security to your users' endpoints, securing them against potential security threats. As it is unlikely that Windows MFA will have to be enabled for all users in a domain, ADSelfService Plus also offers you the ability to configure MFA based on domain, OU, or group membership.

Here's a GIF of how it works:

windows-logon-tfa-workflow

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