Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is a security enhancement that requires you to present two pieces of evidence - your credentials - upon signing in. These credentials can be something you know such as your password, and something you have such as an application that generates a one-time passcode. MFA helps protect access to data and applications by adding an extra layer of security.
You have probably already used MFA in some form or another. For example, if you logged into a website that sent a code to your mobile device which you used to gain access to your account.
To secure your cloud account with MFA, you download an authentication application to your mobile device. This creates a virtual MFA device. The application generates a six-digit authentication code that is compatible with the time-based, one-time password standard. You use this code together with your VMware ID and password to log in to cloud services.
When you set up MFA for your account, you receive a set of 10 recovery codes. Save these codes to a safe place. You'll need them to sign in if you don't have your MFA device near by, or if you have lost it.
|How do I?|
|Activate my MFA device.||
|Turn off MFA so I sign in with my VMware ID and password only.||
|Deactivate my MFA device.||