Advantages of multi-factor authentication (MFA)

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Are you worried about your email account getting compromised? Tired of updating your password and having hard time remembering? Stressed about phishing attacks?

Your password — the most common security measure that is also the most vulnerable from phishing, social engineering, and password brute force attacks.

This is why many of us need an extra layer of security. Enabling multi-factor authentication (MFA) offers peace of mind.

MFA requires verification of identity in two or more ways. The verifications are usually a combination of two of the following:

  • Validation of your password.
  • Utilizing your mobile phone via text or Authenticator App.
  • Biometrics such as fingerprint, iris, or face recognition.

As a bare minimum for conventional MFA, you can get sent an access code to your mobile phone that you enter, along with your usual password.

The idea of MFA is to keep multiple layers of protection in a way that it should be difficult to gain access to your account. For example, a hacker might gain access to your email password but not your phone or fingerprint.

Multi-factor authentication has evolved as the single most effective control to insulate an organization against remote attacks and when implemented correctly, can prevent most threat actors from easily gaining an initial foothold into your organization, even if credentials become compromised.

With the increase of cyber-attacks, password strength cannot be relied on as the only layer of protection to prevent threat actors from gaining unauthorized access. Although not bullet-proof, multi-factor authentication is a proven way to lessen the likelihood of a data breach via a compromised password. Contact us to learn about MFA at 416-363-9880 – we’re here to help secure your tech.

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