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What is Multi-factor authentication?

Multi-Factor authentication or more commonly known as MFA provides an additional layer of security by confirming your identity with extra information in order to access an account, in addition to a username and password.

Organisations implementing MFA provides a simple way to increase the security of your accounts and make it much harder for the bad guys to break into that if you were only using a password.

Even in the unfortunate event that the bad guys do obtain your password, they will still have to get past at least one other MFA technology barrier to access your account.

1 Factor Authentication > Something you know
1FA is something that only you know, like your password, Passcode or PIN.

2 Factor Authentication > Something you have
2FA refers to something you only know (password), plus something you have: an example of this is a required username and a password, plus a one-time code or password (sent to your mobile phone, or accessed through a token) to access them.

3 Factor Authentication > Something you are
3FA refers to something you know, plus something you have, plus something you are (unique biometric input, such as a fingerprint scan to unlock your smartphone).

If you have any security concerns within your organisation or need a hand setting up MFA for your organisation, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.