What is cyber security? (Part 6) – IT Support Episode 148

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What is cyber security? (Part 6) – IT Support Episode 148

So this week I want to focus on something called MFA (sometimes referred to as 2FA). What it stands for is Multi-Factor Authentication, or Two-Factor Authentication. So you’ll already be familiar with this. You’ll be using a device a bit like this (card scanner)or an electronic version of it to log into your online banking. This means that, in addition to using your conventional password, which should be incredibly complex. But in addition to that, even if someone gets access to your password, using something like this or an electronic version of it means that there’ll be a random numerical code to be able to verify it’s you logging in. Some of you will be aware of a product called Authenticator, which is an app you install on your smartphone. Now I use the Authenticator app to log into a lot of different systems. I think it’s something like 20 to 30 already. It generates a random number and without that it won’t then let you onto the system. This way it verifies it’s you and it’s an extra layer of protection when logging into one of your systems. Although you can usually tick a little box that says trust this device so you don’t have to do it every time. My recommendation is, unless it’s a desktop computer that doesn’t go anywhere, if it’s a mobile device like a tablet or a laptop you don’t do that. That way it’s always secure and doesn’t matter if you lose it. If you’ve got any questions about Multi-Factor Authentication, or 2FA, I’ll be more than happy to answer. So remember, when it comes to your data, your money and your cyber security, it’s better safe than sorry.

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