What is two-factor authentication?
Learn more about 2FA and why businesses use it to help protect their most vulnerable information and networks.
Authentication methods for 2FA
There are different authentication methods when using two-factor authentication. Here’s a list of some of the most popular options.
Businesses can give their employees hardware tokens in the form of a key fob that produces codes every few seconds to a minute. This is one of the oldest forms of two-factor authentication.
Push two-factor authentication methods require no password. This type of 2FA sends a signal to your phone to either approve/deny or accept/decline access to a website or app to verify your identity.
SMS, or text messaging, can be used as a form of two-factor authentication when a message is sent to a trusted phone number. The user is prompted to either interact with the text or use a one-time code to verify their identity on a site or app.
Voice authentication works in a similar way to push notifications, except that your identity is confirmed through automation. The voice will ask you to press a key or state your name to identify yourself.
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Any organization or individual interested in protecting their personal and business data should utilize 2FA methods. This type of security will ensure that all assets cannot be accessed without proper identity verification. Plus, this can eliminate the possibility of information being exposed to the public by cybercriminals and hackers.
2FA protects businesses by ensuring that all assets (i.e., documents, confidential information, employee personal records) are protected by this dual security system.
Unfortunately, with the rise of cyberattacks, traditional passwords are not as secure as they once were.
Zero Trust and 2FA both give consumers control over their personal and business-related information. Cybercriminals find new ways to gain access to networks every day.
Zero Trust is a business software that helps prevent cybercriminals from getting access to sensitive data and networks by placing a firm protection on business and personal assets. Similarly, 2FA helps safeguard sensitive data and networks, but in a different way—through time-sensitive passcodes, voice messages, and SMS texts and tokens.
2FA is an effective way to ensure that an organization or individual doesn’t fall victim to a cyberattack or hacker. 2FA utilizes time-sensitive token generators, or passcodes, to help prevent identity theft and data loss.