You may have heard about Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA), or 2 Factor Authentication as it is sometimes also called. It is typically a two-step process where a person must provide more than one type of proof that they are authorised before they can access an account, system or application. For example, you may be required to provide both a username/password as a first step to login, and then a second form of identification like a code sent to a mobile phone that is also registered to your account.
MFA makes it difficult for people to hack into your account, and even if they found your username/password, they would also need your linked mobile phone to get the second form of authorisation. So it really just provides another level of security for when you’re getting access to systems and applications.
Think of it like getting into your house via the Front Door. You may have both a door handle with a key lock, and a second deadbolt lock on the same door. You need one key to open the door handle lock, and a second and different key to open the deadbolt lock. If you only have one key, you can’t get access to the house! So keep both keys safe!
Where possible, it is highly recommended to turn on MFA for all your available systems and accounts (check with your provider for details and instructions), and that includes:
- email applications (Gmail, Hotmail, Outlook, Yahoo etc)
- Banks & Financial Institution Accounts
- Microsoft Accounts
If you find that you need assistance or guidance with MFA, we’re here to help – just reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0468 988 438.