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Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is a security measure that requires users to provide two or more forms of verification before accessing an account or system. This adds an extra layer of security beyond just a password.

How Does MFA Work?

  1. First Factor (Something You Know): This is typically your password, which you enter when logging in.
  2. Second Factor (Something You Have): This could be a code sent to your mobile device via text message or generated by an authenticator app, a physical token, or a biometric factor like a fingerprint or facial recognition.

Why Use MFA?

MFA significantly enhances account security by making it much harder for unauthorised users to gain access to your accounts, even if they somehow obtain your password.

Setting Up MFA:

  1. Choose a Method: Decide which second factor you want to use – text message, authenticator app, physical token, etc.
  2. Enable MFA: Log in to your account settings and navigate to the security or MFA section. Look for an option to enable MFA and follow the prompts to set it up.
  3. Verify Your Identity: Depending on the method you chose, you may need to verify your identity by providing additional information or completing a setup process.
  4. Verify Your Second Factor: Once MFA is enabled, you’ll be prompted to verify your second factor whenever you log in. For example, if you choose to receive a code via text message, you’ll enter that code after entering your password.

Tips for Using MFA:

  • Use an authenticator app rather than text messages for better security.
  • Keep backup methods enabled in case your primary method isn’t available.
  • Don’t share your second factor or leave it in an easily accessible place.
  • If you lose access to your second factor, contact your administrator or follow the account recovery process.

Final Thoughts:

Multi-factor authentication is an essential security measure that adds an extra layer of protection to your accounts. By enabling MFA, you can significantly reduce the risk of unauthorised access and enhance the security of your sensitive information.

Get in touch with us today so that we can support you throughout the process.

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