Multi Factor Authentication

Any IT system you access requires a username and password. Surely if you keep your passwords complex, secret and unique then your system is safe?

Multi Factor Authentication

Cyber criminals are very clever and have all sorts of methods of stealing passwords.

Not least of all by convincing you to give them away!

It might not even be your fault that your password has been stolen. Maybe your password has been stolen from within an online system, perhaps your computer has a virus and the passwords are being stolen as you type them in.

If it could get any worse, when your passwords have been stolen the criminals offer them for sale on the dark web. So other criminals can use them to break into your systems too.

Any online system you access using a username and password, should be further protected by an additional layer of security. We call this Multi Factor Authentication (MFA). Banks have been doing this for years!
Most business systems now have the option for MFA, but by default it is not turned on. Think of it like going on holiday, shutting the front door and locking it, but leaving the windows open. You wouldn’t, would you?
If your business is a regulated business and requires such accreditations like Cyber Essentials, Lexel etc. then you must have MFA turned on. If you are dealing with sensitive client data then you have a duty to protect that information too.
We need to change our habits and start to use MFA so it becomes common practice. Below is a selection of the most common authentication applications used for MFA. Others are available.
Please complete the below form and we’ll be in contact to answer your MFA questions.

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