What is multi-factor authentication (MFA)?
Multi-factor authentication, sometimes referred to as two-step authentication, is a way of adding one or more extra steps to any login process, in addition to your password in order to increase security.
This can take quite a few different forms, the most common is probably in the form of a code, either being sent to a separate device, your email address, or generated by an app. But other types of MFA can include: facial recognition, fingerprint scanning, phone authentication, or even security questions.
Why would I want to make it harder for myself to log in?
The reality is that the extra few seconds it takes for you to input a code after your password could be the difference between a cyber criminal gaining access to one of your accounts, and your account remaining secure.
Despite our best efforts discussing good practice when it comes to password security, a distressing number of people still use the same password for many things. That means if there was a hack on a particular website or service and your email and password for that becomes leaked online, cyber criminals are likely to try the same email and password combination on other websites such as Amazon or eBay, and it could even give them access to your email. If they have access to your email, they’ll not only be able to read any sensitive information you may have in your inbox, they’ll also have the means to ‘request a new password’ for other accounts that you log in to using your email.
This is hugely important on a personal basis, but perhaps even more important for businesses where you’re not only responsible for protecting your own business data, but any data you hold on your customers. In the event of a data breach, you can be liable for fines if it’s found you weren’t following recommended security practices.
In conclusion, it might take an extra few seconds to sign in to things, but it’s more than worth it for the peace of mind!
If you’d like us to take a look at your data security setup and look at implementing multi-factor authentication, give us a call on 01732 617788 or drop us an email to [email protected]. Your security is our priority.