New Microsoft Security Feature Coming Jan. 23

Posted: January 12, 2024

By: Information Technology Services

What is happening?

On Jan. 23 ITS will be enabling a new security feature recommended by Microsoft called idle session timeout. This helps protect sensitive university data and adds another layer of security, especially while working on shared or personal devices.

Who will be impacted?

This functionality will only impact users logging into Microsoft applications in a web browser and those who don’t select yes on the “Stay signed in” prompt when they first login to an application on that browser. So, if you login to Microsoft desktop applications, or Microsoft mobile apps, or select yes on the “Stay signed in” prompt, you will not be impacted by this change.

How does idle session timeout work?

Idle session timeout works by presenting the user with a prompt that their session will end after three hours of inactivity. The user can click a stay signed in button to remain signed in or they will be signed out by Microsoft in that browser. Please note that the timeout applies separately to each browser, so your session in Chrome will not impact your session in Firefox.

Request further assistance?

If you have any questions or concerns, please submit a ticket to the Service Desk by calling 206-296-5571 or e-mailing