Have you turned on your Multifactor Authentication?admin
According to a recent survey by the National Cybersecurity Alliance, more than half of the respondents (57%) were aware of multifactor authentication (MFA aka 2FA). However, not many people realize that MFA is a crucial layer of protection to keep their accounts secure. This month, we’re showing others how easy it is to turn on MFA whenever possible.
WHAT IS MFA?
MFA, or multi-factor authentication, is a security feature that provides an additional layer of protection when logging into online accounts. It requires you to confirm your identity using a secondary method, which can be a code sent to your phone or email, or one generated by an authenticator app. Push notifications are also commonly used for MFA. This extra step helps to prevent unauthorized access to your accounts, even if your password has been compromised.
WHY DO I NEED MFA?
Multi-factor authentication offers an additional layer of security. Simple access control measures such as logging in with user ID and password are increasingly being breached by cybercriminals because no matter how much we condition ourselves to follow good password hygiene, sometimes, we slip up. Have you ever been guilty of any of the following?
- Writing down your password so you don’t forget it
- Sharing your password with someone just to get the work done faster
- Used the same password for multiple accounts just because it is easier to remember
- Creating a password that is obvious or easy to figure out, such as your date of birth, numbers or letters in sequence, your name, etc.
If you’re guilty of any of the above, please consider reviewing our password best practices blog.
Multi-factor authentication also can help prevent cybercrimes that happen due to leaked or hacked passwords.
Multi-factor authentication is no guarantee of data safety, but it certainly reinforces your data security. While there are tools available in the market that you can purchase and deploy, you could also connect with our team to provide information on multi-factor authentication tools.
Cybersecurity is always evolving and has several elements involved, so it’s sometimes hard to know where to start. Here at Dove Communications, we are technology advisors and would be happy to provide a free network security assessment to ensure you and your team are educated on your options and are provided with managed services and tools for your present and future security needs.
Contact us today for more information, or to set up your free security assessment.