Why You Should Set Up 2 Factor Authentication (2FA) on Your Accounts

Learn how using second factor authentication can prevent someone who has already gotten your password from logging into your account.

Imagine waking up to find that your email or social media accounts have been broken into. What internal data, personal information or sensitive documents would be in the wrong hands?

With the technology available today, relying on passwords alone to protect your accounts can leave your information vulnerable. An attacker can obtain your password through:

Brute-force password guessing
An attacker can simply guess common passwords against your account to try to log in, compromising passwords that you might have thought were unique, but that are commonly used by other people.
Password-reuse attacks
A situation in which you have used the same password for multiple accounts; an attacker discovers this password in association with one account, and  logs into your other accounts with your password.
Phishing
Attackers attempt to steal your information by leading you to a website that looks legitimate for entering your password, though actually controlled by the attacker.
Malware
Attackers take control of your computer, then steal your passwords by observing your keystrokes or downloading them from your password manager.
Social engineering
An attacker will trick you into giving your password to them through social interaction, like a phone call.

Using second factor authentication (2FA) is a low cost, easy way to significantly reduce your risk of account compromise. 2FA means that you need your password plus a temporary code (typically six digits long) to log into your account. This code is sent to your mobile phone or to a physical device. If the phone or device is in your possession, the hacker trying to break into your account would be out of luck.

Cost / Security Benefit

Cost ($)

  Low

Cost (Time to implement)

  Low

Technical Difficulty

  Low

Security benefit

  High

 

For help setting up 2FA, attend our training, Protect your accounts from hackers.

What's Next? 

Ragtag produced a series of guides on 2FA, with load of more info. Next, this guide can help you choose a 2FA system that works for you. You can also visit https://twofactorauth.org/ for more information about setting up 2FA on your accounts.  

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