Two-Factor Authentication

#SecurityTipTuesday: Two-Factor Authentication

Did you know, about 63% of confirmed data breaches involved weak, default or stolen passwords? How can this be solved? Two-Factor Authentication.

— Source: Verizon 2016 Data Breach Investigations Report

 Security Tip # 4: Enable Two-Factor Authentication

In the wake of countless data breaches, and social media account hacks, ahem, Ariana Grande, we thought it was only fitting to dedicate this week’s advice to the integrity saving, Two-Factor Authentication or 2FA for short. But was is 2FA you ask? Let us explain…

Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)?

According to our trusted security partner, Duo Security, two-factor authentication strengthens access security by requiring two methods (also referred to as factors) to verify your identity. These factors can include something you know – like a username and password, plus something you have – like a smartphone app to approve authentication requests.

2FA directly protects against phishing, social engineering, and password brute-force attacks and secures your logins from attackers exploiting weak or stolen credentials. If you can recall, we discussed social engineering last week!

Enabling a 2FA solution is an easy and effective method to ensuring all points of access are protected.

For more advice on better security practices view the links below (they’re not malware, we promise!).

  1. Practical Steps to Protecting Your Online Privacy
  2. Security Tips from the Experts
  3. Be Cautious about Unsolicited Emails
  4. Duo Security – 2FA

And just like that today’s #SecurityTipTuesday has come to an end. If you have any questions about email security or cyber security in general, please don’t hesitate to reach out! If you missed our last Security Tip, check it out right here!

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