Passwords Are Just Not Enough Anymore

Two-factor authentication (2FA) is the simplest, most effective way to make sure users really are who they say they are.

Two-Factor authentication adds an extra security layer to your accounts across the internet. Two-factor authentication (2FA) means your accounts require information beyond username and password to confirm you are who you say you are before you can get into the accounts.

The “second factor” comes in after you enter your username and password, which are considered to be the “first factor.” 2FA can be used to confirm your identity by asking for an extra piece of information.

The idea is to provide another piece of information a hacker would not have, making it harder for the bad guy to break into your account.  There are a variety of ways for you to complete the two-factor authentication. Some common ways include:

  • Text or Email PIN — A unique and temporary Personal Identification Number or code is sent to you via text or email using the phone number or email address associated with the account.
  • Phone Call — This method calls the phone associated with the account and waits for you to pick up and follow the directions to confirm your identity.
  • Push Notification — A notification for your approval will appear on a personal device you assign to the account.
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