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Multifactor Authentication

Requiring Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) for all user accounts helps protect devices and the data that’s accessible to users. MFA is the process of verifying identity on sign in to confirm that an access request is genuine. This double check before entry granted feature increases your level of protection should a device or password become compromised.

There are multiple types of MFA. Text messaging, for example, requires more user effort and is not as secure as tap-based authentication, which simply requires the user to tap a notification message from their smartphone.

Typically, a MFA transaction happens like this:

  1. The user logs in to the website or service with their username and password.
  2. The password is validated by an authentication server, and if correct, the user becomes eligible for the second factor.
  3. The authentication server sends a unique code to the user’s second-factor device.
  4. The user confirms their identity by approving the additional authentication from their second-factor device.

Install MFA to your devices today for stronger cybersecurity!