Why Multi-Factor Authentication is your best friend 🔒

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Did you know, Multi-Factor Authentication [MFA] is one of the most effective ways to protect against unauthorised access to your accounts? Multi-Factor Authentication works by requiring multiple forms of verification, which in-turn significantly reduces the risk of a breach or data compromise. In today’s ever-evolving security landscape, embracing MFA has become an imperative step towards fortifying your digital presence and ensuring the utmost security for your valuable assets. 

We’ve compiled a list of common questions about MFA that can help you review and improve your account security. If you’ve already taken steps to secure your accounts, why not encourage your peers, family, and friends to do the same by sharing this information with them?

What is an example of Multi-Factor Authentication? 
There are many forms of MFA available, and you may find that you’re already using some of them! These include SMS, email, biometrics, security keys, and authentication apps. For example, when you visit Facebook.com and type in your login details, you’ll be asked to enter a special login code to be granted access to the platform. This typically comes as an SMS or accessible via an authentication app. Some platforms, including Facebook, may also provide recovery codes that can be used if you don’t have access to your MFA method.

What is the difference between 2FA and Multi-Factor?
2FA is an authentication method that requires precisely two authentication factors for a user to verify their identity for login purposes. Whereas, Multi-Factor can have additional levels of authentication, requiring two, three or more.

Where is Multi-Factor available?
You should turn on MFA wherever possible. Some platforms can include:

  1. Financial services 
  2. Social media
  3. Email accounts
  4. Online shopping
  5. Government services 
  6. Online listings 
  7. Cloud storage accounts 

What to do if Multi-Factor is not available? 
In cases where MFA is not an option, we strongly encourage you to use long, unpredictable, unique pass-phrases for the best defence against unauthorised access. This means choosing a password that is not easily guessable, using a combination of upper and lowercase letters, random words, numbers, and special characters.

For example, Purpl3_elephant%_MONDAY78! 

To help you store these passwords, we suggest you engage in a reputable password manager such as 1Password. 

How to set up Multi-Factor? 
The process for enabling MFA can vary depending on the platform or software you are using, but it’s typically found in account settings. If you need assistance with setting up MFA, our friendly team is always here to help. Simply reach out to us, and we’ll be happy to guide you through the process.

Is your Multi-Factor enabled and enforced by a policy?
In the absence of an MFA policy, users may opt to disable or not install MFA, which unknowingly exposes them to the risk of security breaches. An MFA policy helps to mitigate this risk by setting clear expectations about an organisation’s security requirements.

Investing just a few extra seconds per day to implement proactive security measures, like MFA, can help protect you and your organisation from the negative consequences of a data breach.

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