Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) or Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) is a minor inconvenience with a big payoff in keeping your online accounts secured. Adding this additional step when logging is the most convenient way to ensure access to your account is restricted to just you and the people you authorize.
You’ve probably heard the conventional wisdom as it relates to passwords: “use long, hard-to-remember passwords and change them often.” In 2018, the exact opposite is true. You want to use one short, easy-to-remember password that you never change, and add a second authentication method (hence MULTI-factor authentication).
Most often this second authentication method ensures that you are in possession of a device that only you have access to, like a cell phone. If you’ve logged into an online banking portal in the past few years, you’ve likely been prompted to code that they either SMS text or email to you. That’s MFA, and this secure way of logging in is rapidly becoming available on practically any security-critical service on the internet like Office 365, Google Apps, Sales Force, QuickBooks, etc.
Protected Trust strongly recommends using MFA on any account that you aren’t comfortable with people you don’t know accessing. A password no matter how long and full of numbers, special characters and capital letters doesn’t cut it in 2018. It’s been proven too often and so recently that it’s just too easy to acquire a password.
When you enable MFA at your organization, there may be some grumbles and whining. It’s unnatural for technology to become less easy to use. But stand strong in knowing that your company’s data is too valuable, and represents too much work to let some punk cybercriminal access it and/or lock you out of it.
If you’re a Protected Trust customer and don’t use MFA on your critical accounts, contact us and we’ll help you out.