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Helpful Hints: Multi-Factor Authentication on beta.SAM.gov

Multi-Factor Authentication helps to protect your account on beta.SAM.gov.

What is Multi-Factor Authentication?

The U.S. government mandates use of multi-factor authentication (MFA) for all federal government websites. MFA is an identity authentication method that requires users to provide two or more pieces of evidence (or factors) to access their accounts. Typically, this is accomplished by asking for something you know (e.g., a password) and something you have (e.g., a fingerprint, CAC/PIV, or cell phone). This extra layer of security protects you, your agency or organization, and the government by making it more difficult for someone to gain unauthorized access to your account. 


The image shows a password and another factor such as a fingerprint, ID card, or cell phone, coming together to produce a login.



Multi-Factor Authentication on beta.SAM.gov

You may have noticed that some of the new features in beta.SAM.gov (like saving searches for contract opportunities) require a user account. Beta.SAM.gov user accounts are created and managed through login.gov, which uses a form of MFA called two-factor authentication. One factor is a password, and you can choose the second factor, along with a backup second factor. By using login.gov, you’ll get an extra layer of security to help protect your beta.SAM.gov profile against password compromises.  


Do I Have to Use It?

To keep your account secure, multi factor authentication is required. 

You can create a new login.gov account or log in using your existing login.gov account by clicking on the “Sign In” link on the beta.SAM.gov menu bar. You’ll enter your email address and password. Then you’ll provide your second factor, such as a one-time code sent to your cell phone. 

The image shows the sign in link, the login dialog box, and the security code dialog box. Click the "remember this browser" option on the security code dialog box to be asked for your security code less frequently.

Using MFA reduces the risk of fraud, improves the integrity of the system and its users, and helps maintain a more secure environment. We hope this post helped you gain greater awareness on how MFA protects your account on beta.SAM.gov

Access the beta.SAM.gov Learning Center any time for step-by-step videos and instructions. Remember, if you need further assistance using beta.SAM.gov, the Federal Service Desk is here to help Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET, at FSD.gov

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