Two-Step Authentication - What it is. Why It's Important!

Every day we get inundated with news, reports and alerts of attempted unauthorized access and entry into private accounts and applications.

There isn't a month that goes by where we don't get a call from a concerned client regarding a suspicious email or threat of a Phishing Scam that entered their inbox.

And with the increase of 'Work From Home' and 'Bring Your Own Device' opportunities, the need for greater password security is absolutely critical.

Complex passwords - no matter how many Numbers, Upper and Lower Case Letters, and Special Characters you add - are simply not good enough to protect private accounts; and hackers are finding more complex and creative ways to steal your password information without you even knowing it's happening.

That's where the Two-Step Verification can make a big difference!

Two Step Verification is a process that involves two authentication methods performed one after the other to verify that a user is actually who they say they are. Basically you are required to provide an additional piece of information after you enter your password into an account or application.

The most common method is to receive a text message with a unique string of numbers that you need to enter in order to confirm access to the account.

The idea is that even if someone has your password, they won't be able to get the verification code that is sent to your cell phone, other handheld device, or secondary/recovery email address.

Two Step Authentication can and should be enabled on every account and application that you currently need to enter a password for i.e.

AppleID

DropBox

Google Accounts

O365

Facebook

LinkedIN

PayPal

LastPass

Amazon

Banking

And the list goes on...

Often there is some reconfiguration on the accounts to get the additional authentication enabled - and we are here to help you get this set up ASAP!

Please let us know if this is something we can schedule to configure on your business accounts - and those of your employees!

While we admit the system is not perfect, it's definitely 'two steps' in the right direction to ensuring greater account security.