Business owners do everything they can to achieve seamless operations, so they tend to ignore lurking security threats and opt for convenience. While the concept of providing two or more means of verification is not a new one (think debit card and PIN), the high accessibility of information online makes this idea more relevant now than ever. If you’re not already using Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) for your online accounts, now is the time to start.
MFA adds another layer of security so that your password is not the only thing keeping the bad guys out. Aside from protecting your identity, taking online security seriously will promote trustworthiness with your clients. The MFA process is quite simple; it just requires the user to prove identification through different options before granting access.
Each of these options on its own would be pretty weak, but MFA abides by the idea of strength in numbers. Once an attacker runs into that second prompt, you are instantly a less attractive target. Chances are, they’ll move on.
At first, you might see MFA as an inconvenience, but putting it off could result in disaster. Once you get it set up, it won’t be long before it becomes second-nature. Plus, there are some ways to seamlessly integrate MFA into your workflow without a lot of interruptions, such as automatically allowing logins from a trusted device after authentication.
Right now, hackers are compromising online accounts at unparalleled rates — accounts just like yours. Passwords, even lengthy and complex ones, are low-hanging fruit for cybercriminals trying to gain access to your information. They also happen to be the most common security measure in use. Although all passwords are vulnerable these days, certain habits might put you more at risk.
Even though you create your account password, it’s not really tied to you beyond that. Anyone can use your password once they get ahold of it.
Email is an essential method of business communication, but you also use it to verify your identity and access other resources online. That’s why protecting your email account is absolutely crucial. The impact of having this account compromised in a cyberattack extends well beyond your inbox.
Fortunately, MFA can greatly reduce the risk of being hacked, and with Alexssa by your side, it won’t take much effort at all.
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