Multifactor Authentication

These days, it’s a must

In a time when we want our daily processes to be as seamless as possible, it can be easy 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 on the Internet makes this idea more relevant now than ever before.

If you’re not already using multifactor authentication for your online accounts, it’s time to start.

Passwords are not as secure as you think

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 of having yours stolen.

Do you…

  • Use the same password for more than one account?
  • Download programs from the Internet?
  • Click on links in emails?

Even though you create the password for your account, it’s not really tied to you beyond that. Anyone can use your password once they get ahold of it.

Your email is the core of your digital identity

Email is an essential method of communication in business, but it also serves as the primary means for verifying your identity and accessing resources elsewhere online. Safeguarding your email account is absolutely crucial. The impact of having this account compromised in a cyberattack extends well beyond your inbox.

The hacker could…

  • Lock you out
  • Access all of your emails, contacts, data, and more
  • Use your email to change the passwords for other logins such as online banking
  • Impersonate you to send harmful emails or redirect private information and payments to a malicious account

Thankfully, there’s a way to greatly reduce the risk of being hacked, and with our help it won’t take much effort at all.

Peace of mind with multifactor authentication

Multifactor authentication (MFA) adds another layer of security so that your password is not the only thing keeping the bad guys out. Choosing to enable MFA goes beyond protecting your identity for you personally—taking online security seriously will promote trustworthiness with your clients as well.

It’s pretty simple. The MFA process requires two or more elements from different categories to be accurately presented before granting access.

These categories include…

  • Something you know—a password or PIN
  • Something you have—a phone
  • Something you are—a fingerprint or voice recognition

Each of these factors 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.

How this usually works…

  • You’ll begin logging in as normal by entering your username and password
  • You’ll be prompted to enter a one-time validation code, sent via text to your mobile device

It doesn’t have to be complicated

At first you might see MFA as an inconvenience, but putting it off could result in disaster. Once you get set up, it won’t be long before it becomes second-nature. Plus, there are a few different ways of integrating MFA into your workflow to minimize interruptions, like automatically allowing logins from a trusted device once it has been authenticated by you.

Start putting your security first today

Of course, we are always here to answer any questions you might have about MFA, cybersecurity in general, and what it all means for you. Just give us a call at 262-338-3742 or email help@alexssa.com if you’re ready to take the next step toward protecting yourself and your business online.