What Is Multi-Factor Authentication?

Enhance Protection of Your Accounts

January 22, 2020 |

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Passwords aren’t as strong as you might think. In fact, it can be easier than you realize for cybercriminals to compromise them. Many organizations and businesses, small and large, currently utilize multi-factor authentication (MFA) technology as an added precaution to help keep their sensitive information safe. As the number of cyberthreats on the web continues to increase, MFA is a powerful security tool to help you protect your accounts.

 

How it Works

Multi-factor authentication (MFA) – sometimes referred to as two-factor authentication (2FA) – is a cybersecurity tool that creates layered protection for your accounts, making it more difficult for your accounts to be compromised. This means that cybercriminals need more than just your password to crack your account. Upon sign-in, MFA requires users to verify their identity in a combination of two or more ways, with options including:

  • Password validation
  • Special access codes sent via text message or phone call
  • Authentication using a mobile app
  • Biometrics like fingerprint or face recognition
  • And more

 

Try It Out!

Many websites and apps offer multi-factor authentication options that you can enable for your accounts, including Google, Facebook, Snapchat, PayPal, and more. They may offer different authentication options, but usually require a code sent via text message or the use of a special authenticator app such as Google Authenticator.

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