Deadline Rapidly Approaching for TSP Two-Step Authentication

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By on December 5, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Illustration of a laptop and a person's hand holding a smartphone both of which are prompting for a login code depicting the two factor authentication process

The deadline for mandatory two factor authentication for Thrift Savings Plan participants to access their accounts is rapidly approaching. The TSP said that all participants must have it enabled by the end of the year.

The TSP posted the following announcement on its website:

All TSP participants must have validated contact information and use two-step authentication to log into My Account before the end of 2019. You can avoid interruption to your account access by adding these security features in your My Account Profile Settings now. Download instructions (pdf).

Two-step authentication helps protect your account against fraud. This login process is more secure because it means that online access to your account requires something you know (your account number or username and password) and something you have (the one-time code you receive in your email or on your phone). Someone who tries to log into your account fraudulently won’t be able to gain access without the code. We recommend that you include at least one contact method on your account that will stay with you through career, such as a personal email.

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