Skip to main content

Enabling MFA

Multi-factor authentication (MFA), also known as two-factor authentication or two-step verification, adds layers of security to an account. Because MFA requires anyone logging into the account prove their identity, it makes it more difficult for a cybercriminal to access your account even if they have the password.

When MFA is enabled, you will still need to input your username and password. If these are correct, you will be prompted to prove your identity in another way. The different forms of MFA include:

  • Inputting an extra PIN (personal identification number) in addition to a password
  • Answering an extra security question
  • Providing a code that was sent to a phone or email within a certain period of time
  • Biometric identifiers, including fingerprint or facial scan
  • Standalone authenticator apps that require you to approve login attempts

Consider enabling MFA on all accounts that offer it, regardless of what the account is used for. Many accounts, from financial to online shopping to social media, can be hacked if not properly secured. Password cracking techniques have become more sophisticated, and harvesting credentials remains a popular method that malicious actors use to gain access to your account. Enabling MFA adds strong protection against account hacking by increasing the level of difficulty it takes for hackers to get into the account.

If you receive a notification of a log in attempt that you did not make, it is important that you do not approve the request. Change your password to the account as soon as possible. If the password was used for multiple accounts, which is not recommended, change it for any other accounts that have the same password.

Secure your accounts today by enabling MFA. This simple layer of security is one of the best ways you can help keep your data safe in the digital ecosystem.