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Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)

Account theft is on the rise.

I have seen an uptick in the people that I come across mentioning that they have lost control of an online account. Social Media, email, shopping accounts, medical, financial matters, browsing history – everything you are connected to has value to someone else. I have several topics I want to cover that will help you with securing your digital life, and this is the first of many.

Recently, someone I know reported that their Facebook account was hacked. Yup, it happens a lot.  I also met someone who recently learned the vulnerability of using the same password on multiple accounts.  It’s unfortunate, but this is a reality for all of us.  It has become commonplace, and people are getting numb to security warnings.  Read this article, and think about your personal level of security. 

Turn it on!

Security is a necessary evil. Today’s cloud software that retains personal or confidential information usually comes with Two-Factor Authentication (‘2FA’) or Multi-Factor Authentication (‘MFA’) methods. Depending on the company, that 2nd factor to authenticate yourself is usually optional. Some organizational software that you use have the ability to require 2FA for all users.

Technical folks worry about force-enabling 2FA, especially if there are non-technical users that would be impacted. My message to those – get over it. Require it on everything. Sure. there will be ripple effects to forcing 2FA.  Sure, they may need your help picking a 2FA app or setting it up (that’s what checklists are for!) – but it is a whole heck of a lot better than going through the process of repairing a stolen identity, or lawsuits because you were breached.

Enabling 2FA for your accounts is a strong deterrent from ‘getting hacked’. It’s not everything you can do, but turn it on everywhere you can. It is usually located in your account options.

Next Steps...

As you log into each important account, double check your settings.  The point is to provide two of the three:

  • Something you know
  • Something you are
  • Something you have

There are many available options for 2FA: BioMetrics, Physical access card, Key Fob Code Generator, LastPass Authenticator, Google Authenticator, Microsoft Authenticator, Duo, AuthAnvil – and there are several other options out there. 

 

If you would like to have a discussion about 2FA or any other topics – Connect With Us!  We would love to continue the conversation with you.

 

~ Helping Humans with IT