The Case For Multi-Factor Authentication

ARE YOU THE KEYMASTER?

The number one recommendation from Microsoft to secure your tech environment is multi-factor authentication.

Multi-factor authentication or MFA for short is when you log in to an account using your username and password another factor for identification.

This can be using something like using an Authenticator app on your phone, a text message sent to your mobile phone, or a hardware device that allows you to log in.

But it’s not just Microsoft that recommends multi-factor authentication to protect access to your company data.

Everyone else does too.

Google, Apple, and Cisco.

Yep, all of the big boys.

And as fate would have it.

Even though the message is being broadcast far and wide.

Very few small businesses are actually using multi-factor authentication.

The why?

Well, the first reason is this.

It’s kind of a pain.

Depending on the app or service you’re accessing you may be asked for a multi-factor token every time you log in.

And, if you access 5 different apps over the course of a day.

That means you’ll need to input or allow access at least 5 times, every day.

The second reason is the good old reliable.

Change.

People don’t like change.

Even if I told you that it will make your business more secure.

That you’ll cut down on 80% of hack attempts.

You still won’t do it.

And that’s because the fear of change outweighs logic.

With that said…

If you don’t have multi-factor authentication set up on your Microsoft Office 365 or Google G Suite accounts, you really should.

It really does make a difference.

Believe me.

I meet people regularly, who come to me after they’ve been hacked, and are looking for a new IT company.

All because someone’s account got hacked.

Multi-factor authentication makes a difference.

2FA.

MFA.

Whatever you call it.

If you don’t got it.

Get it.

Be safe.