Cyber Security Awareness Month: Always enable multi-factor authentication!
No matter what you call it, multi-factor authentication, or MFA, is a security measure that requires anyone logging into an account to navigate a two-step process to prove their identity. By adding one more simple step when logging into an account, multi-factor authentication greatly increases the security of your account.
How it works: When logging into your account, you first provide your password or passphrase. Next, you will provide an extra way of proving that you’re you; this is typically done through:
- An extra PIN (personal identification number)
- An extra security question like, “What’s your favorite pet’s name?”
- An additional code, either emailed or texted
- A biometric identifier like facial recognition or a fingerprint
- A unique number generated by an “Authenticator App”
- A secure token is a separate piece of hardware (like a key fob that holds information) that verifies a person’s identity with a database or system
Here are two printable flyers you could print and post in your office as cyber security reminders!