What is Multi-Factor Authentication?
Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA), sometimes referred to as two-factor authentication or 2FA, is a security enhancement that allows you to present two pieces of evidence – your credentials – when logging in to an account. Your credentials fall into any of these three categories: something you know (like a password or PIN), something you have (like a smart card), or something you are (like your fingerprint). Your credentials must come from two different categories to enhance security. Entering two different passwords would not be considered multi-factor.
Why is MFA important?
MFA helps protect you by adding an additional layer of security. This makes it harder for bad guys to log in as if they were you. Your information is safer because thieves would need to steal both your password and your phone. You would definitely notice if your phone went missing, so you’d report it before a thief could use it to log in. Plus, your phone should be locked, requiring a PIN or fingerprint to unlock. As a result it is even less useful if someone wants to use your MFA credentials.
Using 2FA is one of the top three things that security experts do to protect their security online, according to recent Google survey.
Authpoint from WatchGuard
AuthPoint is powerful, user friendly multi-factor authentication powered by WatchGuard. There is no expensive hardware to deploy. And, because AuthPoint is cloud based, it can be managed from anywhere.
AuthPoint secures your entire IT ecosystem.
The secure login feature provides online and offline authentication to Windows and Mac machines using the AuthPoint app.
Secure single sign-on (SSO) makes logins quick and easy, so you can stop worrying about remembering countless complex passwords. There are dozens of 3rd party integrations with AuthPoint. This allows companies to require users to authenticate before accessing sensitive Cloud applications, VPNs and networks.
AuthPoint offers online (push) and offline (QR code and time-based one-time passcode authentication) through a user-friendly app.
Watchguards unique approach uses ‘mobile phone DNA’ for a strong identity match even further increasing security.
AuthPoint offers a cost-effective, simple way to add Multi-Factor Authentication across your business. Please contact us for further information or a Free Cyber Security Assessment.
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