In the ever-evolving landscape of cybersecurity, the process of authentication, of proving who you are, is key to protecting your data. The most common authentication method is passwords. Unfortunately, using a password alone has proven to be insecure. Compromised passwords are one of the leading causes of hacked accounts and ransomed data.  There is one simple and affordable action you can take right now to better protect your organization’s data: enable two-step verification, also called “MultiFactor Authentication” (MFA).  This adds an additional layer of security to your accounts.

Once your system administrators enable MFA, you can expect it to work like this: First, you log in to your account using your username and password. Then you will receive a unique code, usually by text or phone call. That code is then entered into the login screen. Even if cybercriminals steal every password, they cannot access your account without the MFA code. It’s easy, simple to use, and one of the best things you can do to secure everyone’s data.

Instead of receiving the unique code via text messaging, you can install a special authentication app on your smartphone. The app is constantly generating new codes you can use to log in to your account. Using a mobile app is even more secure since the code is not sent via text messaging.  In addition, because you do not need to be connected to a cellular network to receive your unique code, the app is much more convenient.

IT can be easy. BPI is here is help. Please call us at 248-357-3980.