Multi-Factor Authentication and its Necessary Annoyance

This is Two Minute Tech Tips, I’m your host Lester Steward. In this series we are discussing Business cybersecurity and what you need to know to protect your business.

Multi-factor authentication or MFA is an available option on most devices or services. MFA requires two forms of authentication, generally something you know and then something you have. The something you know would likely be a password or pin number, the something you have would be a code sent to your trusted email or phone via a text message. Also, authenticator apps can be downloaded to a smartphone then connected to the service requiring MFA, with this downloaded app an MFA code is always available when needed. I’ll go into more details about these apps and other more convenient forms of MFA in a future episode.

MFA is great for securing your devices and services. It ensures that even if your password is compromised there is an extra step a hacker or, what we in the cybersecurity industry call, a “bad actor” needs to complete before they gain access to your data or info. But this also means there’s an extra step you need to take to gain access your data or info. It is so annoying having to wait for an email or text message to arrive. And when you have to wait on this several times a day for several different services like I do, it can become tedious.

But the extra layer of security MFA provides far and away outshines the annoyance. Take that extra step, secure your sensitive information and data. Stop ignoring that message to setup MFA on your email or bank account.

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