Boosting Security: Why Is Multi-Factor Authentication Important?

20 Mar, 2024

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What is meant by ‘Multi-Factor Authentication? - MFA is a multi-step account login process that requires users to enter more information than just a password.


In the world of keeping our stuff safe online, Multi-Factor Authentication is like an added layer of protection for your passwords. Instead of just relying on a password, MFA makes it so you need more than one thing to get into your accounts.


MFA operates on the principle of requiring people to provide multiple forms of identification before granting access to an account. This usually involves a combination of:


1. Something the user knows (password).
2. Something they have (security token or mobile device).
3. Something they are (biometric data like fingerprints or facial recognition).


Our Lecturer Dr. Hazel Murray Specialises in Multi-Factor Authentication. For more advice on choosing passwords, please read her article on password choices.


This dynamic approach significantly reduces the risk of unauthorized access, as even if one authentication factor is compromised, the others remain in place. Multi-factor authentication provides an additional hurdle for hackers, making it exponentially more challenging to breach accounts and important data.


Implementing MFA is a proactive step toward safeguarding digital assets, confidential information, and personal data. As cyber threats continue to advance, MFA stands as a crucial line of defence, fortifying security measures and ensuring that only authorized users gain access to critical systems.


To enable MFA, all you need to do is go to your account settings in your Phone or PC and set it up on your device.


For more information, please visit our website which describes and lists our Cyber Security Courses

 

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