MFA – Multi-Factor Authentication
Passwords are increasingly easy to compromise. Multi-factor authentication adds additional layers of security to your accounts.
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Passwords are increasingly easy to compromise. They can often be stolen, guessed or hacked and, as the same password is often used across different online accounts, there’s a high chance the password has already been compromised in a data breach.
Common password information is often made available online – maiden names, children’s names, birthdays and wedding anniversaries can all be searched for online and on social media.
With the computing power now available, cyber criminals can test billions of different password combinations a second in what is known as a brute force attack. So, even if you think your password is secure, it’s only a matter of time before someone is able to crack it in this way.
What Is Multi-Factor Authentication
Multi-factor authentication adds additional layers of security to your accounts. Now, even if a criminal knows your password, they won’t be able to access your account.
The additional authentication comes in various forms such as an SMS, a voice call, one-time passcode, or push notification on a trusted device. It can also be biometric data such as a fingerprint scan.
MFA used to be referred to as 2FA (two-factor authentication), but now the phrase multi-factor authentication is preferred for any login system requiring two or more identity credentials.
How Does Multi-Factor Authentication Work?
- Enter username and password as usual
- Use your phone to verify your identity
- Log in securely
Login as usual with your username and password, then use a device to verify that it’s you.
Akita can set up MFA to give permission via SMS, voice call, one-time passcode, smartphone app notification and more.
MFA can be used with smart phones, tablets, PCs and other forms of hardware.