How multifactor authentication can help you stay secure online

How multifactor authentication can help you stay secure online – Synergy In the UK, a cyberattack occurs every 39 seconds, and the threat is constant. So much so that security should be an essential part of your IT security regime. Keep your data secure and replace any insecure usernames and passwords. So, what does multifactor authentication do? Well, it provides an added layer of security that goes above and beyond what any password can do. Read on to learn everything you need to know about why you should use multifactor auth.

What is multifactor authentication?

Multifactor authentication (MFA) is a method of logging into accounts using multiple authentication methods. Simply put, it’s extending the logging-in process beyond just one simple password. And it helps to ensure your accounts remain protected. MFA usually requires that you provide more information or take a certain action. This can be anything from scanning your fingerprint to entering a code sent to your phone. Having different authentication factors means that you are still safe if one of the factors gets compromised. For example, your password appears in a data leak. No one could access your account as they still need to pass the MFA check. Read more about protecting your business against a disaster.

How does multifactor authentication work?

Authentication factors usually require something from the three following categories such as:

Knowledge you possess

If you spend time online, you’ve likely encountered this form of authentication. Your knowledge can include a password, a PIN code or a memorable word/question. For example, “The name of your first pet”. This type of authentication provides average security. But when using an MDA, you should always use this alongside another factor. These types of authentication can all be discovered or stolen.

Something you have

This means a physical object, for example, a code sent to your phone. Or an MFA app that gives you a specific code whenever you want to log in. There are many free MFA apps available, which you can download and install onto your phone. This provides quick and easy access for you. The odds are that getting your password hacked and your phone stolen by the same person are slim. Take cash machines as an example. Someone can steal your wallet but wouldn’t have access to your bank account as they’d need your PIN.

Something biometric

This can mean anything that biologically identifies you. Examples include your fingerprint or, most commonly, facial recognition.

What is two-factor authentication?

Two-factor authentication (2FA) is a form of MFA requiring two types. Multifactor authentication is an umbrella term. It encompasses anything that requires more than two forms of authentication.

Why should you use 2FA?

Most cyberattacks are due to stolen credentials. Something as simple as using the same password can put you at risk of attack. Or variations of the same password on lots of different accounts. If a single one of your accounts gets breached, it makes it easy for hackers to access your other accounts. Since it requires at least one more form of authentication, MFA makes it much harder for criminals to get access to your accounts. We can help with your security and ensure you are 2Fa-ready. Read more about the importance of a local IT Support provider.

When should you use 2FA?

If you use passwords, pin codes, or something similar to secure an account, you should be using MFA. MFA offers additional security no matter the circumstances. Making it much more difficult for someone to gain access to your account.

Synergy UK can help you with MFA today

Adding multifactor authentication to your business’s online services might require help from an IT professional. We have worked with many clients to enable MFA for their services. We are your local IT Support Sheffield provider. Installing multifactor authentication to online services within your business might require your IT help desk. We have worked with many clients to set up MFA within their companies. And have helped to provide an added layer of protection.

Two things to consider when initiating the use of MFA within your business:

  • How your multifactor token replacement process verifies that the user is who they say they are.
  • How administrators can gain access to a service if MFA becomes unavailable for any reason.

Initiate the use of MFA today

Here at Synergy UK, our expert team can advise you. And we can support you throughout the MFA process; click here to contact us. You and your employees can rest easy knowing that your accounts are protected. Our leading IT security service will ensure you have a system in place. To help prevent data breaches and cyberattacks. To learn more about our cybersecurity services, call 0114 221 6569 today!

Sam Ashford
Sam Ashford - Author

Hey, I'm Sam Ashford! I have 20 years of experience in the IT industry. I have worked as a security analyst, trainer, and writer at Synergy-UK for over ten years.

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