The Importance of Two-Factor Authentication

Keeping your details secure for your email, social media or password vault has always been very important. Especially when we live in a world where there are more and more tricks and scams out there to try and steal your credentials.

One way to help protect your accounts is to enable Two-Factor Authentication. Two-Factor Authentication, also known as 2FA, is a method used to secure accounts by adding an extra layer of security. Once you login to an account, it will request another piece of information to prove who you say you are. This can be done by an app such as Google Authenticator or just a simple text to your mobile phone.

Why can’t you rely on your passowrd?

Most people will reuse passwords and use weak passwords to make their life easier. This makes it very easy for someone to gain access to one account or even many. Using a password manager will make your life much easier for having unique passwords for each site and to save them all in one safe place.

Below is some alarming status on password security.

  • 90% of passwords can be cracked in less than six hours  
  • Two-thirds of people use the same password everywhere.   
  • 57% of people who have already been scammed in phishing attacks still haven’t changed their passwords
    (Source: The Business Journals)

Main reasons why people don’t set up Two Factor Authentication?
Often users don’t set up 2FA as they think it will slow them down and be inconvenient. That was definitely the case when the protocol was first used. But as developers have improved the software and the way it can integrate with your service, the process could not be easier.

Key takeaway from this post?

Setup 2FA on all your accounts, it does’t take long to do and will massively improve your online security.

Take your personal ecuirty to the next level..

Take your security to the next level and look at getting a YubiKey required to be plugged in to access your accounts. This means that even if your password gets hacked, they can’t log in to your account without a physical key you will have in your possession.

If you have any questions on how to set this up on your persoanl accounts ot business, leave a comment.