The importance of multi-factor authentication (MFA)

Security. Passwords. Protection.  Every business and individual has these measures in place to protect their data, but whether they are secure enough is another question. Most users assume their passwords will keep their information safe, but even the strongest of passwords can be vulnerable. In fact, data breaches, malware, device theft, and many other methods can be used to compromise digital passwords – this is where multi-factor authentication (MFA), or two-factor authentication (2FA) comes into play.  The technology adds an extra layer of security that a password-only login cannot. As we have established, the traditional password is becoming more at risk and so additional information as another layer of security is crucial. According to the NCSC’s UK Cyber Survey, only 15% of people say they know a great deal about protecting themselves online, which is a significantly low figure. Here is a rundown of the 3 different types of factors to increase security using 2FA: Something you know The first factor is called knowledge-based authentication (KBA), and involves…

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