Monday, May 16, 2016
Cyber Safety Series - 2 Factor Authentication
Cyber Safety Series
Two Factor Authentication
Two-factor authentication (also referred to as two-step or multi-factor authentication or verification or 2FA) is an overly technical-sounding term for a simple solution.
It’s a security tool that uses multiple verification techniques to prove that the person attempting to log in to an account is really them.
There are a variety of methods you can use to log in to an account with two-factor authentication, including
Something you know: a password, code, passphrase or PIN
Something you have: a physical token, chip, fob, or phone
These methods provide an extra layer of security. Most people only have one layer – their passwords – to protect their accounts. But combining something you know (your password) with something you have (like your mobile device or a token) makes your account even more secure.
Never give out your code to anyone! Someone asking for your code to verify you are the correct owner is a social engineering trick to get you to hand over access to your account. Don't fall for it!
Head over to https://stopthinkconnect.org/campaigns/two-steps-ahead-campaign to learn more about two factor authentication and how to set it up for your accounts.
Thank you to stopthinkconnect.org for the information!