In today’s episode we will be focusing on Two-Factor Authentication, a security mechanism that protects access to your various digital accounts and apps. Let’s take a deeper look.
2FA In Action
Two-Factor Authentication, or 2FA, works by sending prompts to a mobile device that need to be responded to in order to access an account. It asks you to authenticate your identity as the user before granting access to a protected account.
In this example, a user is trying to log into their computer. They’ll enter their username and password as normal.
Then, the 2FA app will activate, sending a prompt to the user’s phone. These can come in a variety of forms, such as a push notification or passcode.
As the user, you’ll need to respond to this notification in order to successfully log into your account. Make sure you hit approve to enter your account.
2FA can be applied to different accounts and applications, such as your Microsoft 365 account, desktop or laptop login, banking app, or email. This gives you an additional barrier between your data and fraudulent users who may be trying to break into your computer or steal personal information from an app on your phone.
With that overview, we hope you can explore 2FA as a new option for extra security to keep yourself ahead of potential threats. Thanks for watching and come back next time for another One-Minute Wednesday!