Department of State's cloud authentication allows for the use of the Microsoft Authenticator App as an option when logging in from the internet - if your account is setup to allow this. Note: Not all accounts currently are able to login from the internet.
The Microsoft Authenticator app helps you prove your identity without you needing to remember a password. Instead of a password, you sign-in with your username and then you use your mobile device with your fingerprint, face, or PIN to confirm that you are in fact, you. This two-factor verification method is considered more secure than just a password, especially while viewing sensitive info.
- If you still want to use your password, that’s okay too. The Microsoft Authenticator app can also act as the second part of the two-part verification method, by only sending you an approval notification when you need to provide extra proof of your identity, or by automatically creating a new verification code every 30 seconds, so you have a new one whenever you need to sign in.
- For more information about the app, how to sign-in, and how to backup and recover your data, you can also read these articles (below are external links to Microsoft sites):