Countdown to Christmas Cyber Security Tip #5

What is Two Factor Authentication?

A good way to add an additional layer to your security is Two-Factor Authentication, also known as 2FA, Multi-Factor Authentication or 2 Step Verification.

Two factors (hence the name) are required to complete logon, usually this is something you know (your password) and something you have (a fob or your phone). You use your password to logon to the system (or website) and then enter a random code (from your fob or mobile) to complete the process.

Two factor authentication has been used in the banking industry for some time and is now available as standard on more and more applications as well as social media sites, like Facebook and Twitter.

This means that if someone tries to access a device,system or application, they will also need to have stolen your mobile (or fob) to get through the additional security step.

Possible but less likely.

Adding this additional step and requesting the randomly generated code makes it even harder for someone to steal your personal information and business data so it’s well worth enabling it where you can. Plus it’s a requirement if your business needs Cyber Essentials.

 

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