Multi-factor Authentication (MFA), also referred to as 2 factor authentication, is an authentication method that requires the user to provide two or more verification factors to gain access to a resource such as an application, online account, or a VPN. MFA is a core component of a strong identity and access management (IAM) policy. In short, rather than just asking for a username and password, MFA requires one or more additional verification factors, which decreases the likelihood of a successful cyber attack.
Does this have a cost involved? No, this is security feature included with all modern websites, and forced by most, but it must be engaged under account security on others. Why is this important? This is your only line of defense to prevent an online account from being compromised. Basically, if your password gets compromised and you don’t know it (this is common, websites get breached frequently and often you don’t find out a username and password you use often has been compromised until months later), they still cannot get access to your account because of MFA, which is a second step in the login that requires you to verify that you are in fact you, by texting a code to your phone or through an authentication app.
Why is this important to bring up now? I have created many articles about this throughout the years. However, everyone has been on high alert lately with what is happening between Russia and Ukraine. The government and the news has been alerting us to tighten up security, as more than usual hack attempts will be happening because of the war.
Long story short, all of your accounts should have this feature turned on. Start with making a list of websites you sign in to, and then go through your list, one by one, to make sure this feature is on. If it is already on, great! If not, then turn MFA on and test the feature by signing completely out of the account you just enabled MFA on, and sign in again, verifying it is in fact enabled.
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