The word “cybersecurity” has been in the news a lot these days. The media is constantly reporting on one security breach after another, and we all know that it’s only going to get worse as technology advances. But what does this mean for you? What can YOU do about cybersecurity? One of the most important things you can do is use two-factor authentication (2FA).
People have been trying to hack into computers since the beginning of time. It was previously feasible for a person with a computer and some coding knowledge to breach most systems. That all changed when the internet became popular and interconnected computers spread across the world like wildfire. Now, if you’re trying to hack into someone’s computer; they could be at home, work, or on their mobile device across town or around the world! The solution? Two-factor authentication.
This is a method to secure access based on two different components. The first part of the authentication process typically involves something you know, such as your password or PIN. The second part is something that you have, like your smartphone or token device. With 2FA, even if someone has gotten hold of your personal information for example by stealing your wallet, they still won’t be able to get into your account because they don’t have the second part.
2FA helps in cybersecurity because it is fraud and identity theft protection that goes beyond security questions or password challenges. 2FA can be used on websites such as online banking, email providers, internet shopping accounts, and more! With two-factor authentication, a hacker will not only have to get around your password but also a code sent to a device you control. They won’t be able to gain access until they have both components.
2FA is one of the best ways to strengthen your cybersecurity.