Any other online account is prone to attack by cybercriminals and data theft. Various breaches have happened in the past and continue to happen. Digitals accounts have become the magnets for criminals with the increased use of mobile and laptops. It is no surprise that even government accounts are being hacked. The day-to-day breaches of company and individual accounts have become highly common. The sad part is there are no signs that account hacks, data hacks, and other forms of criminal activities are going to slow down any time soon. The daily breaches can be reduced to an extent with an additional layer of protection using two-factor authentication. This post briefs about 2FA and how it can be enabled?
Two-factor authentication or two-step verification or dual-factor authentication is a method of security that requires the user to offer two different authentication factors to verify while entering the online account. First, the user will log in using their username and password. Once entered, immediate access to the account will not be granted with 2FA in place. The user has to provide another piece of information to prove that they are who they actually are. The second piece of information that is required during authentication can be any of the following:
With 2-factor authentication enabled, the compromise of a password alone won’t allow the entry of a hacker or a cybercriminal. Even if your phone gets stolen or lost, or password is stolen, no one else can gain access to your account without the second-factor information. Stealing the second factor is highly unlikely; hence your account remains safe from the hands of hackers.
The method to enable two-factor authentication differs based on the application or the vendor. However, irrespective of the vendor, the working process of two-factor authentication remains the same.