In today’s world, cyber security is a vital issue that businesses and individuals face on a daily basis. It seems like every time you turn around there is a new story about another hacking incident. From phishing to malware or even just brute force attacks, there are no shortage of ways someone may try to access your data, and that’s where two-factor authentication comes in.
What Is Two-Factor Authentication?
Two-factor authentication (2FA) or multi-factor authentication (MFA) is one of the simplest security methods that protects your online accounts by requiring evidence – usually two pieces (factors) – to confirm you are who you say you are.
Basically, any login to your account must be verified by the use of another device in your possession, such as receiving a verification code to your cell phone or chosen email address. Once you receive the text or email, you must enter that verification code in order to gain access to your account.
Do You Need 2FA When You Have a Strong Password?
While a strong password is a great first step, it might not be as strong as you think. According to the Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, about 80% of data breaches in 2019 were caused by password compromise. So, yes, you also need 2FA.
Not using two-factor authentication as an added layer of security can create a domino effect across your accounts, because it just takes a hacker figuring out one password and those accounts will all be compromised. And with the technology available to hackers today, it doesn’t take long to crack your password.
Is It Hard to Set Up 2FA?
In most software it should be pretty simple to set up. And once you have 2FA on your accounts, you can rest assured that only you can access that account. This is important, as it adds another, almost impenetrable, layer of security.
For Projectmates users it’s quick and easy to turn on 2FA:
• Log into Projectmates
• Click on My Profile > 2-Factor Authentication
• Follow the 3-step process using a smartphone or tablet
Here at Projectmates, we pride ourselves on being at the forefront of modern security. The option to add two-factor authentication was added to the software in 2017, well before it became mainstream. And while Projectmates users can choose to set up 2FA for their own account, we take it one step further and provide Site Administrators with the ability to require users to add this security feature. This ensures best practices are the default for your business.
In all, it takes less than 30 seconds for each user to set up 2FA, yet those 30 seconds could keep hackers out of your company data. While there’s no 100% guarantee of protection from all malicious attempts against your accounts, you need to make certain your software employs every security precaution possible. If it doesn’t, keep looking.
And, when looking for construction program management software that’s not only functional but also has one of the highest levels of security, have a look at Projectmates. You’ll get critical security features and configurability all in a simple layout.