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What is Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)?

Two-Factor Authentication

Two-Factor Authentication, also known as Multi-Factor Authentication, is an essential security measure that adds a second layer of protection to your important software.

From gaining access to your social media channel and emails, to banking online and seeing important documentation, Two-Factor Authentication is a security addition to your password.

Adding the extra layer of security presents a greater challenge to cyber criminals who are trying to hack into your accounts.

Within the UK, one business is successfully hacked every 19 seconds with about 65,000 attempts to hack every day.  

Penetrating your security is a serious business for cyber criminals, so two-Factor Authentication will transform your security for the better.

Many individuals and businesses who work with an IT support company such as Syn-Star should now be aware of what Two-Factor Authentication is all about.

But if not, please speak to an IT professional, to set it up.

How does enabling Two-Factor Authentication enhance security?

Ultimately, when you sign in to an account online, the basic level of authentication many people will know is regarding the need to enter a password.

A password is one step to verify your identity – it indicates you’re the person who knows how to get the access you need – but they can become compromised pretty easily.

There’s still security to passwords, for as long as they’re significant in length and complex in character, but technology is continually developing and code breaking is far more comprehensive than it’s ever been.

But with Two-Factor Authentication, a second piece of information needs to be provided to gain access to your account.

Typically, the second layer requires you to enter a code which is sent via text message, email, voice call, or via an authenticator app on your smart device.

The type of information required to verify your identity may depend on what system/software/programme you may be using.

Once you input the verification code into the system, you’ll be granted access.

Aren’t passwords good enough?

Passwords are no longer enough.

As mentioned, the first step to protecting your online accounts is by enabling a password. But hackers can use brute force attacks to easily crack weak codes.

There’s also ‘password spraying’ which is where hackers try to break into accounts using the most common passwords. That’s exactly why you should avoid using anything too obvious, like using your name, date of birth, and more.

TAKE ACTION NOW: We suggest reviewing your current passwords and changing them to become more complex. This is a simple step to enhance your security.

Is it possible to hack Two-Factor Authentication?

Using Two-Factor Authentication doesn’t provide you with 100% protection; it’s unlikely you’ll ever have 100% protection in an ever-changing world of technology.

But it does enhance the security and makes it more challenging for cyber criminals to gain access to your accounts.

It’s important to understand that, in many instances, hackers don’t target specific users, but users with weak security.

Therefore, with strong security and minimal vulnerabilities, they’ll likely focus their attention on someone else.

How do you set up Two-Factor Authentication?

Nowadays, most services offer the ability to set up Two-Factor Authentication.

Once you’ve established its availability, you can typically set everything up via the settings of your account.

Speak to us for more details about how to set up Two-Factor Authentication, as well as other methods to keep you protected.

Rather than setting Two-Factor Authentication by yourself, you may find it more cost-effective to partner with an expert. You’ll also have peace of mind that everything has been enabled correctly.

For further information about Two-Factor Authentication, cyber security and more, connect with a member of our team today. Are you a business looking for IT Support? We have a team of specialists ready to help you today.

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