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Two-Factor Authentication: An Easy Way to Make it Hard for Hackers

Two_Factor_AuthIf you are up-to-speed with the latest tech news, you will already know that passwords are considered an "old-school" method of authenticating account logins. If you want to maximise the security of your business, you are going to want to use two-factor authentication.

Why Passwords Aren’t Good Enough

Passwords were great at the dawn of computing, but thanks to advanced hacking techniques, finding out a user’s password has grown increasingly easy. In fact all a hacker needs to do so is to trick a user into sharing over sensitive information by posing as someone with authority through an email message or phone call (a tactic known as “phishing”).

Granted not all business professionals will fall for for phishing or other scams, but that doesn’t mean that your employees (who likely are not as skeptical as you) won’t unintentionally put your business at risk by sharing their credentials.  As the owner of your business, it is your responsibility to make sure that all of your infrastructure’s bases are covered.

Introducing Two-Factor Authentication

In the most basic terms, two-factor authentication is a way to make it more difficult for hackers to access your accounts. This is typically done by using a separate security credential that only you have access to. This additional security measure is often enough to dissuade hackers from attempting to access your network (or bank account, email, Facebook, etc.). For them it is simply a matter of risk and effort, versus the reward. If the return on investment isn’t worth the effort, they will probably leave you alone.

Some of the most popular methods of two-factor authentication include:

  • SMS Message: A secondary code is sent to your smartphone. All you have to do is enter it when your account prompts you to and you’ll have access to your account.
  • Email to a Secondary Address: If you would rather not receive your authentication code with your phone, you can simply check your secondary email address for it.
  • Voicemail: You can even have your security code sent to your phone’s voicemail, or in an automated voice call.
  • Two-Factor Authentication Apps: Some accounts, like Google and Microsoft, allow for easy authentication simply by connecting your account to an application on your smartphone.

There are plenty of two-factor authentication choices out there. BTA can help equip your business with the highest quality standard for your organisation’s security solutions. Our services range from providing preventative measures, remote monitoring, and even offering two-factor authentication.  Give us a call today!

 

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