Two-Factor Authentication, also known as 2FA, is an extra layer of security used to make sure that people trying to gain access to an online account are in fact who they say they are.
According to Twilio, there has been a 618% increase in users enabling 2FA in the last two years. It is also becoming increasingly popular across social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. First, a person will enter their username and a password traditionally. Then, instead of immediately being granted access, it requires authentication via one of three methods:
- Knowledge: something known only to the user, such as a PIN number or answer to a secret question.
- Possession: something only the user possesses, such as a physical card, mobile phone or security token.
- Inheritance: a characteristic unique to the user, such as a fingerprint or other biometric measure.
In recent years, we have witnessed a massive increase in the number of websites losing personal data. As cybercrime gets more sophisticated, companies find their old security systems are no match for modern threats and attacks. Sometimes its simple human error that has left them exposed, and it’s not just trust that can be damaged. All types of organisations — global companies, small businesses, start-ups, and even non-profits can suffer severe financial and reputational loss.
- Two-Factor Authentication has recently been deployed across the pure technology group for remote access, mobile access, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and data feeds. 2FA offers many benefits such as:
- Improved security across an organisation, and decreased probability that an attacker can impersonate a user and gain access to computers, accounts or other sensitive resources.
- It offers increased productivity and flexibility by allowing employees to securely access corporate applications, data and documents from virtually any device or location - without putting the corporate network and sensitive information at risk.
- It can reduce fraud and in turn can build upon secure online relationships. 2FA provides an additional layer of mobile protection that secures the site, the transaction and customer. Moreover, by creating a secure brand experience, businesses increase their opportunity to create ongoing interactions with customers.
If you are unsure of how to use or apply Two-Factor Authentication within your business, you can get in touch with us here or by calling 0113 387 1070 for more information and support.