The Importance of Multi-Factor Authentication

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As the number of data breaches increases, it’s important that users implement as many security controls as possible. Many organizations are moving to multi-factor authentication as an added security measure.

What is multi-factor authentication?
Multi-factor authentication (also known as two-factor authentication or two-step verification) is a computer access control in which users are granted access only after successfully providing several pieces of evidence to authenticate their account. In addition to providing their username and password, users are asked to provide additional information, such as a unique randomly-generated security code that is sent to the user’s registered devices for authentication.

Why is multi-factor authentication important?
If someone has obtained your username and password, they now have access to your account. By using your mobile device as an additional authentication method, you will know if someone is attempting to log in to your account when you’re presented with a security code to log in.

Businesses use multi-factor authentication to prevent company and personal information from being accessed by unauthorized users, but you should consider using multi-factor authentication across your personal accounts as well. Apple, Google, MSN, and Yahoo are among the many global organizations that have implemented multi-factor authentication for account users. It is recommended that you implement multi-factor authentication for as many of your personal accounts as possible. The extra step may seem tedious, but it could prevent you from being a victim of identity theft.

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