Are your online accounts vulnerable? Have you ever been a victim of online attacks by hackers? Maybe the answer is yes and it is nothing to worry about it; everybody has been there once. The solution is 2FA. Are you familiar with this acronym? If you are not, this article will help you out. Nowadays we find some different ways to simplify our life using technology to do almost every daily activity and it compels us to have online profiles and accounts that could be at imminent risk of attacks giving access to personal and financial information.
What does 2FA mean?
Two-factor authentication (2FA) is a tool which provides an extra security layer to maintain your accounts secured and safe. It is one step more than just using a simple user and password (simple-factor authentication or SFA as an acronym). Its function is to verify in two procedures the identity of the person who is trying to log in.
How does it work?
This new layer of security asked to complete the second step of verifying must be something only the user knows, has or even is. It can be a security token, a smartphone where a code will be sent (an app is needed for this), an ID, biometrics details such as voice, face, fingerprints, and others. Location and time can be used for more security requirements.
Is it completely secure?
The system itself was created to generate more security and avoid intruders scratching into personal data but the truth is that everything relies on the capability the manufacturer of the authentication product has to guard the information.
Using 2FA in Smartphones
There is a variety of apps available for iOS, Android, Windows, and Blackberry that offer 2FA to your Smartphone. The cameras can be used for facial recognition and even for iris scanning; the microphones for voice recognition. If your mobile phone has GPS, it could be used to verify the location as a security measure. Also, SMS and email are other channels to receive codes to validate the identity.
Some reasons to start using 2FA
- It is accessible: The way to get access to this method is easy it is available for everybody and perfect for any personal, professional or economic purpose.
- Simple setup: You will only require the user, password and a code, email, token, picture or just simply pronouncing a word (depending on the product you will use). Completing this security process takes only a few more minutes from your routine but gives you the double of protection.
- Protects your life: It is important to keep the security of your accounts under control and following the second step provides an extra layer of precaution. Breaching an account becomes harder and impenetrable for those unwanted intruders who want to break in and use information without authorization.
At the end, you decide which method of authentication suits best on you and your necessities. Whether you choose 2FA, SFA or any other, remember you are the responsible of your personal information and its vulnerability. Don’t forget there are criminals out there seeking to commit fraudulent acts with other’s personal and financial details.