Multi-factor authentication FAQ

This article contains frequently asked questions and troubleshooting tips for Multi-Factor Authentication on your Tealium account.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Account and users

How do I find my primary account?

Information about your primary account can be found in the User Preferences settings.

  1. In Tealium iQ, click your name/email in the top right corner to display the Account Admin drop-down menu.
  2. Under User Preferences, click Edit/View user Settings.
  3. Your primary account appears in the right panel.
    Display Primary Account Name

Who can enable/disable MFA in my account?

Only an Account Admin is permitted to manage the setting. Though you cannot enable or disable MFA, any user can reset their MFA.

MFA was auto-enabled in my account on Feb 16, 2016? Can I disable it now?

Yes, but it is not recommended. Disabling MFA will remove the extra layer of protection that keeps your implementation safe from unauthorized users.

Besides Tealium iQ, which other Tealium products support MFA?

Tealium supports MFA for AudienceStream, EventStream, DataAccess, Web Companion, and Tealium Tools.

My account has multiple profiles. Does MFA apply to all of them?

Yes. MFA will apply to all profiles within your account.

I was assigned to an MFA-enabled account that is not my primary account. Will I need a token to access it?

Yes. You are subject to MFA when signing into or switching to any MFA-enabled account — regardless of whether or not it is your primary account.

Authenticator App and Security Tokens

Tealium only supports tokens from Google and Windows Authenticator Applications on iOS, Android, and Windows phones.

How often do I have to enter my token?

You must enter your token every time you sign in or switch to an MFA-enabled account or anytime after clearing the cookies/cache from your browser history.

How often should I set up the app to my account?

Ideally, you should only set up the application once after enabling MFA. If at any point your token was reset or you signed in from a new device, you will have to set up the application again.

Does Tealium support MFA on Blackberry?

No. At this time, only iOS, Android, and Windows operating systems are supported. You can optionally use the Authenticator Chrome extension to receive tokens from the browser.

Troubleshooting tips

I am unable to scan the barcode when setting up the authenticator application

It is possible that your smartphone does not have a built-in barcode reader app, particularly if it is an Android device. If that’s the case, then download and install a generic barcode reader app.

Ensure that the app you use is designed to scan generic barcodes only – not the mail barcodes you typically see on shipping labels.

Invalid 6-digit verification code when setting up the authenticator application

If you encounter this error, the easiest thing to do is to start over. Go back to the login page, sign in with your username and password, and then proceed with the application setup steps.

Invalid MFA Token

My authenticator application has multiple entries of my synced accounts

This happens when the same barcode is scanned multiple times and does not introduce any problems. To correct, simply delete the unwanted entries and proceed to re-sync the app with your account.

Duplicate Entries

The token expired before I could enter it

Don’t worry if your token expired before you used it. You can use the next one since most apps generate fresh tokens every few seconds. How long each token lasts will depend on the app you are using.

I’ve tried everything and still can’t sync my authenticator app

In rare cases, there could be a timing issue on your smartphone, causing the sync to fail. Try this:

  1. Go to your smartphone’s time settings, turn off the automatic time settings, and exit the settings.
  2. Reopen the settings and set the time back to automatic.
  3. Follow the steps to re-sync the app with your account.

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This page was last updated: January 7, 2023