Use MFA for RDP logins

Follow this procedure to authenticate to an RDP session using ​Akamai MFA​.

Before you begin

Self-enroll in MFA and activate your trusted mobile device for authentication purposes.


The enrollment of security keys, including the WebAuthn/FIDO2 and phone security key, is not supported for RDP logins.

  • Enable the remote desktop connectivity to the PC that you’re going to log in to.

How to

  1. On your computer launch the remote desktop session by selecting Remote Desktop Connection from the Start menu.

  2. In the Remote Desktop Connection dialog, enter the number of the previously enabled PC and click Connect.

  3. In the Enter your credentials dialog, enter your username and password.
    Upon a successful primary authentication, you’re redirected to ​Akamai MFA​.

  4. In the authentication prompt, select your preferred secondary authentication method. For example, to select the ​Akamai MFA​ push notification, click Send me a Push.
    You receive an authentication request in your account in the ​Akamai MFA​ mobile app on your enrolled device.

  5. Click the incoming alert to display the notification on your mobile device.

  6. In Login request, tap Allow to confirm your identity.

  7. ​Akamai MFA​ displays a confirmation message and connects you to the previously selected remote machine.