Cyber attacks have become so numerous and devastating in recent years that they make news headlines almost daily. Although your business may be aware of these attacks, are you doing all you can to avoid becoming a hacker’s next victim?
Your password alone may not keep your accounts and data secure.
Most likely, you protect your accounts and data with a password. That’s a good start, but unfortunately it is not going to completely protect you from a cyber attack. As encryption methods for passwords have become more complex, so have the skills of hackers. In fact, compromised passwords have accounted for 81 percent of data breaches in the past few years. This can likely be attributed to the lack of proof of identity required for password entry, as well as the fact that most people use a variation of the same password for all of their accounts.
Increase security with Multi-Factor Authentication.
If you find yourself on this sinking ship of bad password practices, don’t worry. There is a way to stop the leak! Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is the process of identifying users by validating two or more “factors”, or characteristics that are unique to that user. Essentially, MFA lets the computer know that it really is you trying to access your account. Once MFA is enabled, the system will use a combination of three different characteristics to identify you. The unique characteristics typically fall into these three categories:
- Something you know – this will usually be your password
- Something you have – for example, a verification code that will be sent to your phone
- Something you are – perhaps a finger print, facial recognition, or retinal scan
Adding another layer of security with MFA makes it more difficult for a hacker to access your account – even if they do guess, crack, or steal your password. It is very unlikely that a hacker would also have access to your phone or personal information.