TECH TIP – WHAT IS 2 FACTOR AUTHENTICATION AND WHY SHOULD YOU USE IT
Presented by Shane Gray, Clever Ducks
What is it?
2 Factor Authentication is when you add something that you have, to something that you know.
2 Factor Authentication Example:
To log into Facebook you enter your email address and a password. Then Facebook sends an automatically generated text to your phone with a one-time use, six-digit code that also must be entered to complete the login process.
Why should you use it?
Data breaches have become increasingly prevalent, and more often than not, your username and password are targeted as part of a breach. With 2 Factor Authentication , even if your username and password are compromised, if someone tries to log into your account – because they do not have your cell phone (or other backup device you may have selected) they will not receive the automatically generated, one-time use code necessary to complete the login process – therefore they would be denied access.
Many sites offer 2 Factor Authentication, and you should enable it whenever possible.
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