MFA stands for Multi-Factor Authentication. Also know as 2FA (Two-Factor Authentication) in some scenarios, MFA is the process of logging into a device or system using more than just a password. As expected, passwords are often weak as they rely on the user to create a memorise a highly randomised and secure password, which often just isn’t the case. This then poses a security risk as it can be easy to pry access into a range of systems, as users will often use the same password across services.
MFA adds one more steps to logging into a system on top of the usual password. This means that even if a password is easy to guess, a cyber-criminal needs the other pieces of the puzzle to gain access to your data. These “other pieces” come in many shapes and forms, but commonly used methods involved an email, text or notification with a unique code inside. This code can contain letters and/or numbers and is often time-sensitive, meaning it can only be used for a certain amount of time before it expires. Adding this extra layer of security can make a big difference in terms of preventing and blocking unwarranted access to confidential accounts and data.
It is highly recommended that you use MFA as the benefits are numerous. Having a text as an additional security method for example would mean that unless a hacker or cybercriminal had physical access to your device as well as your password, they would struggle to break through your security. MFA is now highly prevalent, and some businesses are already making part of the cybersecurity compliance.
For more advice and information on how to stay secure and how to setup MFA, get in touch on 0800 6521 365 or see our website for details.