MFA— Multifactor Authentication is not just a fancy phrase, but a complete defense solution to secure your online resources…
The biggest problem with using traditional user ID and password is that it gets compromised very easily. Besides, this time, the bad guys are not just hacking accounts via keyloggers, but embedding phony scripts in browser URLs, tapping into email accounts to trace your attachment sharing history, stealing passwords to social networks and using psychology to delve into your secrets. With the advent of new techniques every day, it gets easier to hack an account.
If you think mere phone and email verification is just enough to safeguard your online IDs. You need to think again. Multifactor Authentication is the key to extreme cyber security.
Here’s why you Need Multifactor Authentication
- In a study conducted by cyber experts, it was revealed that from 2013 to 2014, the number of online breaches saw an upward trend by 27.5%. About 95% hackers use weak or stolen credentials to attack via web applications.
- If you think that only large companies are at target, you’re wrong. About 31% hackers attack businesses and offices that have less than 250 employees. Why? Because identity theft is the easiest and less risky crime that reaps plenty of money for computer experts.
- Cyber criminals don’t steal data just to blackmail you or use your id for defaming you on social networks. Most of the times, they change programs or services, destroy personal data, access your servers to transmit malicious files, spams, transmit propaganda or use your IDs for a more dangerous purpose like spreading terrorism.
- Pharming, Phishing and keylogging are preferred methods for hacking. Even the most advanced firewalls and anti-virus programs are vulnerable to attacks without user authentication.
- Multifactor authentication works like real-life authentication at offices, banks and businesses. Even the email systems and bank servers have adopted certain tools that can authenticate you as the original user of a particular account.
What’s the Big Deal about MFA?
MFA combines usually two or more credentials like password, security token (One-time code sent to your phones) or biometric verification (fingerprint access) to create a multi-layered defense system. It makes it harder for an unauthorized person to target your computing device, app, network, database or physical location.
The benefit? Even if a single factor is compromised, you still have more barriers to prevent the attackers from successfully breaking into your system. Thus, you can safely sleep at night, knowing that your online data is secure.