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Lock It Down: How To Secure Your Accounts With Two-Factor Authentication

Most standard security procedures only require a simple username and password. Because of this,  it has become easier for criminals to gain access to a user’s private data. Two-factor authentication allows you an extra level of security and protection. 

What is Two Factor Authentication? 

An extra layer of security known as “multi-factor authentication”. 

Also known as 2FA, two-factor authentication is a tool that can be used to add a second level of security to online accounts. Two-factor authentication also works to secure software programs and hardware like laptops or cell phones. It requires a password and username and something that only the user has on them, i.e. a piece of information only they should know or have immediately on hand. 

How Does Two Factor Authentication Work? 

Just like a normal log-in process, two-factor authentication is completed after your username and password are entered. Based on the type of two-factor authentication you are using, you can be prompted to enter a numerical code, provide a thumbprint, or take a photo for facial recognition. It can be a little time consuming to complete each time you want to log in, but the extra level of protection is worth it. 

What Are The Benefits of Using Two Factor Authentication? 

The main benefit of using two-factor authentication is the extra security because of the peace of mind it provides. If a cybercriminal was able to get ahold of your password, they would have no luck accessing any information because of your unique two-factor authentication code or key. This is especially useful in the case of physical theft of a computer or laptop. 

In addition, you can set up two-factor authentication for your business or personal social media accounts. Two-factor authentication also works well with software applications like Quickbooks or the CRM of your choice. 

 

If you have any questions, please contact us with any questions on two-factor authentication, cybersecurity, or data protection.  

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