02/06/2023

Here’s how cyber criminals try to hack your accounts while you sleep

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Have you ever experienced frustration due to the overwhelming number of notifications from your multi-factor authentication (MFA) app?

Well, cybercriminals are facing the same issue. They are capitalizing on “MFA fatigue” to exploit your valuable business data.

MFA plays a crucial role in maintaining data security. It provides an additional layer of protection to your apps and accounts by requiring you to verify your identity using two or more methods, such as a password and a code sent to your phone.

However, the constant influx of alerts can be overwhelming.

Attackers are aware of this and will flood employees with a continuous stream of MFA notifications, often even during late hours, hoping that someone will authenticate a login attempt out of frustration, exhaustion, or simply to stop the notifications.

Fortunately, there is now a new tool available to combat MFA fatigue.

Microsoft Authenticator has introduced number matching as a means to ensure that your MFA notification corresponds to the correct login attempt, thus preventing cybercriminals from exploiting notification fatigue.

How does number matching work?

When you receive an MFA notification, the app will display a randomly generated number. You need to input this number to authenticate the login attempt and prove that you are not a cybercriminal attempting to gain access to your business data.

But that’s not all. Microsoft Authenticator also offers biometric authentication, allowing you to use your face, fingerprint, or other unique physical features to verify your identity and counter the threat of MFA fatigue attacks.

By implementing these security measures, your business can outsmart cybercriminals and enhance the protection of your sensitive data.

If you are already using Microsoft Authenticator, you can start using number matching by ensuring that your app is up-to-date. This way, you will be safeguarded.

If you are using a different MFA system and would like to explore options to improve or simplify your security, we are here to assist you. Feel free to get in touch with us.

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