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Why Choose Two-Factor or Multi-Factor Authentication

Why Choose Two-Factor or Multi-Factor Authentication

Every time you leave your house, you're probably very careful about locking the doors and windows, and possibly setting an alarm system if you have one.  Why do we do this? To protect our valuables, right?  But how careful are you when it comes to securing your personal information that you have stored on your devices? Here's why you should use two-factor identification to protect your information or risk losing what's valuable in your digital life. 

What is two-factor or multi-factor authentication? 

Quite simply put, Two-factor (2FA) or multi-factor authentication (MFA) is an additional security layer in which a computer user is granted access only after successfully presenting two or more pieces of evidence to get into his/her personal information.

The popular measure called two-factor authentication is becoming more and more popular which is like a combination padlock whose codes are constantly changing. 

How exactly does two-factor authentication work?

Let's take a closer look! When you activate two-factor authentication for a website or a service, you generally provide your mobile phone number or you can use an app. Most forms of two-factor authentication ask you to sign in with your user name and password, and then enter a code that is sent to you via SMS. This method not only proves that you know something (the user name and password), but also that you have something (the mobile phone), which you have “registered” as a device to receive these codes.

Really, Why should I use this?

Two-factor authentication helps protect your sensitive, personal data. If you are using apps like Dropbox, Google, or iCloud, you probably store information including files, photos, contacts, calendar info and even emails with personal information.  Just think how much information a hacker would have about you if they were able look at all your information. 

Sure this sounds like such a nuisance.  But so is locking your house doors and windows everyday so intruders don’t come into your home and you do that like it was second nature. 

Questions about the proper way to setup Two-Factor Authentication properly?  Call navitend at 973.448.0070 and press “1” for service.  Our technicians will gladly assist you.

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