In the ever-growing technology-ruled world we face many obstacles in protecting our personal information online. There are many options out there but one of the best ways to ensure your password and access to sites is secure is to use the multi-factor authentication method. While it might seem as though it just means more hoops to jump through before longing on to a website – it may very well be worth the effort. Not sure what multi-factor authentication is or how to use it? Keep reading to learn more. Plus you can hop over to this First Column article to get their detailed take on it as well.

What is Multi-Factor Authentication?

What exactly is multi-factor authentication? It is as simple as it sounds. Websites may just ask for a single identification such as a password to prove that you are who you are when logging on to the site. With multi-factor authentication websites will require more than just a password, they’ll want secondary proof. Most often this secondary authentication is a one-time code that is sent to a secondary registered device or a biometric proof such as a fingerprint. Multi-factor authentication would ideally be taking advantage of at least two of these: something the user knows (think a traditional password), something the user has (think a secondary device), and something the user is (think biometric data or proof). It may sound complicated but once you understand it using multi-factor authentication becomes second nature and immediately adds another level of security to your information.

Why Should You Consider Using It?

The most obvious reason and the biggest benefit to using multi-factor authentication is that it makes your accounts more secure. Simply put it makes it harder for hackers or other unauthorized users to access your accounts and personal information. Another bonus is that the set-up on a user’s end is easily done and allows them to control access. This is particularly useful for businesses as they can restrict access to certain times of day or locations of log-ins.

How Is It Being Used Now?

Some websites already utilize multi-factor authentication including the Social Security Administration and Gmail which just enabled a form of multi-factor using a two-step log-in. Often you can just utilize an app on your phone that sends the one-time pin that is needed to log in using multi-factor. Typically you can use the same app for several sites that need a secondary pin to log in. Some companies have already created a solution that streamlines the login process so that you as a user don’t need to download a separate app. They can email or text a pin for you to use logging in.

Still Have Questions?

Still not sold on the idea of multi-factor authentication or have more questions that we didn’t cover here? Search Security, Ping Identity, and other tech websites have loads of detailed information to help break down multi-factor authentication so you can understand how you as an individual and your business could benefit from it. We utilize it here at LeMay and Company and are proponents of it to keep our client’s data safe. Have questions for us? Set up an appointment with us today or give us a call at (703)-912-7862. We’re here to help and point you in the right direction as you look to learn more to make the best decisions for your business.