Multi-Factor Authentication: Why Passwords Aren't Enough

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Cyberattacks are increasing in sophistication and frequency. With so many accounts on so many devices, nowadays, you need more than a password to be as secure as you can. Using multi-factor authentication is almost a need, instead of a want.

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is an added layer of protection to help secure your accounts. MFA adds another step to the login process. MFA adds a little something extra to your username and passwords. That something extra could be a text message with a code or digits from a token that changes every 30 seconds.

Text is a common option for MFA but it has been successfully hacked and if an attacker breaches your cell phone they can intercept the verification code required for you to reset your password. This means you're then stuck in the hacker's loop and will have an even more difficult time getting control of your account or device.

Many services offer the use of a mobile application on your smartphone to support MFA. Apps like Google Auth, Microsoft’s Authenticator, DUO, and Authy help you create a secure link between your physical device and system you are logging into. 

Many of these services offer MFA at a very low cost. Don't wait until you need it. Setup your MFA now. If you need assistance with setting up your MFA, click here.



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