Mid-Atlantic Computer Solutions

Why You Should Be Using Two Factor Authentication

Password hacks and personal account theft are big business for hackers and criminals. Every week we hear about a new major password theft. For this reason, protecting our identities is more important than ever. Many online companies are now using two-factor authentication to help you protect against unauthorized account access. Let’s learn why you should enable and use two-factor authentication, coming up next.

If you are unfamiliar with two-factor authentication, it is an additional step in proving your identity when logging into an account that can help make your account more secure. This could mean receiving a one-time code via text to your cell phone, receiving a phone call with instructions to follow, or a number of additional forms of verification. Here are three reasons to use two-factor authentication with your accounts.

1. Better Security – When you enable two-factor authentication you are providing an extra security layer. If someone gets your password and tries to log in to your account without access to your second verification method, they will be stopped in their tracks, providing you with better security.

2. No Additional Cost– After a large influx of high profile cyber attacks and password thefts, more companies are offering two-factor authentication as a standard offering. Companies such as Google, Facebook, Amazon, and others are providing this as a free option to their users.

3. Peace of Mind – The biggest problem with most password-protected sites is that if someone uses your password and logs in to your account, you may have no idea it ever happened. Two-factor authentication often provides a notification anytime someone attempts to login. This way, you can have peace of mind that you are the only one with access to your account.

Although there is no foolproof solution to keep your accounts safe from hackers, two-factor authentication is a good step in the right direction. It can provide better security than simple password only access. If you are interested in learning more about how we are helping better protect our business clients with their data security, please give us a call today.

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