what is two factor authentication and why should you care?
Two factor authentication is designed to keep data safe. It’s an extra layer of security that’s super simple to set-up and use. As well as providing peace of mind, it helps you and your business adhere to General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). You’d be silly to skip it, so I’d recommend getting to grips with apps that offer it.
Two factor authentication, or 2FA, provides an extra layer of security and is a reliable way to keep your data safe across email, social accounts and cloud storage such as Dropbox and Google Drive.
How Does It Work?
Two factor authentication requires not only a password and username, but also something the user, and only the user, has on them, i.e. a piece of information only they could know, or a physical token only they could have access to.
Two-step verification can be carried out in a number of different ways, but the most popular is via text message. After logging–in with your normal username and password combination, you’ll be sent a self-destructing code via text that must be entered to verify your account. A hacker would have to have your phone to hand to get any further than the initial log–in stage, so any illegal attempts to access your data are automatically prevented.
Apps that Offer Two-Factor Authentication
Is It Really a Big Deal?
In a word, yes! As a business owner, you have a responsibility to ensure personal data is held securely. This includes protecting data against unauthorised or illegal use and against accidental loss, destruction or damage. You can read more about General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) here.
As well protecting your own data, two-factor authentication keeps your customers’ data safe too. Should anyone attempt to log–in, the text message notification acts as a ‘heads up’, warning you that someone is attempting to access an account.