Multi-factor Authentication or MFA, is an approach that let’s the user protect his or her login credentials that requires a person to use two or more independent authentication factors.
These factors are a knowledge factor, something that only that person knows, a possession factor, so something that only that person has, and an inherent factor, something only that person is.
The most popular form of multi factor authentication is two-factor authentication, which is used by various online services, social media platforms and most of the banks. The three factors are pretty clearly defined. Knowledge factors include PIN codes, personal questions like a mother’s maiden name, passwords or swipe patterns. Possession factors are physical items like cryptographic keys or local authenticators (like smartphones). Inherence factors are based on biometrics and include things like face recognition, fingerprint scans or voice prints.
The more secure your application needs to be, the more factors you can use or the more advanced authentication methods you can include in your process.
There are still many people who don’t use multifactor authentication and there’s a few reasons for that. Not all online services support it, however every year there are more and more online brands that do. A couple of years ago only banks and big technology companies provided that service. Now there’s hardly any social media platform that doesn’t support it. Most of the big e-commerce sites do as well.
Some people like to share their private accounts with a couple or a business partner. In such case MFA would not work because they can’t both have the same smartphone at the same time to use it. Obviously in a corporate environment it’s a breach of the basic security rules but in a private life people often don’t care and put comfort higher than security. And there are still people who just don’t want to add any extra step to their login process and they are comfortable where they are.
That can be ok for personal data security protection but when we are talking about enterprise security this should be undisputable. The risk related to compromising company data is simply too high. You can visit our page dedicated to two-factor authentication to learn much more about things like:
• How 2FA works?
• What is special about 2FA?
• Why is 2FA important?
• Which industries use 2FA?
• And much, much more.
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