Set up Yubikey for multi-factor authentication

To provide an extra layer of security for your College account, Red River College is moving to a multi-factor authentication (MFA) system. With multi-factor authentication, in addition to your College username and password, a time-limited verification is required when you log on to Microsoft 365 services, Outlook desktop and mobile clients, Microsoft Teams, and HUB. That way, if a hacker steals your password, it will be difficult for them to access your account without a verification code.

Once you log on using multi-factor authentication, you will not receive another prompt for verification, unless you completely sign out or change your password.

A YubiKey and a Yubico authentication app are required to complete the multi-factor authentication setup.

NOTE: To download the Yubico desktop authenticator app for Mac, click here.

View the setup video and follow along with the Windows instructions below.

To install on Windows

  1. Download the Yubico desktop authenticator app for Windows here.
  2. Click Open file at the bottom left-hand side of your taskbar.
    click open file
  3. On the Yubico Authentication Setup window, click next
  4. On the Yubico Authenticator Setup window, click next
  5. On the following window, click Yes, to allow the app to make changes to your computer.
  6. One the Yubico Authenticator Setup window, click Finish to complete the installation.
    click finish
  7. Click RRC multi-factor authentication. The Security Info window will open in a new tab and then click +Add method to add a sign in method.
    click add method
  8. On the Add a method window, select Authenticator app in the drop-down menu, and then click Add.
    select authenticator app and click add
  9. On the Microsoft Authenticator window, click “I want to use a different authenticator app”.click i want to use a different authenticator app
  10. On the setup window, click next
  11. On the Authenticator app window, click Can’t scan image?
    click can't scan image

    The Authenticator app will open and you will see your Account name and Secret key.

    click can't scan image

  12. Search for the Yubico Authenticator app that you installed on your computer.
    search for the yubico authenticator app
  13. Insert you Yubikey in to your computer.
    insert yubikey
  14. One the Yubico Authenticator app, click Add.
    click add
  15. Click Manual on the Yubico Authenticator app window.
    click manual
  16. Go back to the second window image for the Authenticator can't scan image
    • Click the Copy symbol next to the Account name and then paste it in the space for the Account name in the Yubico window.
    • Click the Copy symbol next to the Secret key and then paste it in the space for the Secret key in the Yubico window.paste account name and secret key

      When complete, it will look like this, and then click Add.

      when complete

  17. Double click on your account in the Yubico authentication app and touch the lit ‘y’ on the Yubikey to get a code.
    NOTE: The code is automatically copied to the clipboard so that you can paste it on the Authenticator app window.

    double click your account and touch your yubikey

  18. Paste the code that you copied, and then click Next.paste the code you copied and click next
IMPORTANT: Please complete the MFA Maestro process to let ITS know that you are ready to have MFA enabled on your account.

If you have any questions or issues with MFA, please contact the ITS Service Desk by visiting the Service Desk webpage, calling 204-632-2125, or emailing us at

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