In today’s world, where cyberattacks are on the rise, traditional passwords no longer provide the level of security they once did. But fear not! There’s a powerful tool that can help safeguard your business and personal digital data – two-factor authentication (also called 2FA).
What is 2FA?
Think of two-factor authentication as a dual security system that protects your digital assets. Documents, confidential buyer information, and employees’ record – two-factor authentication keeps your business data safe and secure from cybercriminals.
How does two-factor authentication work?
2FA requires you to verify your identity to access digital assets by providing two types of identification.
The first part involves you entering a username or password. This information is sent over the internet to access a specific link or website.
Here is where the magic happens that prevents cybercriminals from accessing your digital data and making it public. The second part of 2FA involves a push notification request sent to your mobile device or email requesting you to verify your identity with a code or fingerprint. Often a one-time, time-sensitive passcode is used to confirm a user’s identity.
Why two-factor authentication is worth the investment
Using the internet first, then a different channel (like a mobile) for the second verification ensures your digital data can’t be accessed by anyone but you. Even if a cybercriminal manages to break into your computer and steal your password, they can’t complete the second verification because they do not physically possess your second confirmation device.
Cybersecurity for Geelong Businesses
Two-factor authentication is key in a world where cyberattacks are constant. Implementing 2FA will give your digital assets, client data, and employee records an extra layer of protection, ensuring only authorized individuals can access your data.
2FA versus MFA
Now, before we sign off, we wanted to bring up MFA, or multi-factor authentication. MFA involves two OR MORE steps to identify you as the user. Multi-factor authentication is an even more powerful tool to enhance your digital security and protect your data.
If you have questions on 2FA, MFA or implementing a digital safety net, contact Geelong Technology Group. Our friendly team members will happily explain and implement 2FA for your Bellarine, Surf Coast or Geelong-based business.