Two-Step Authentication

Two-Step Authentication

As you are aware, we are all at risk for our business and personal accounts being hacked, whether it be passwords, credit card info, or information that would help identity thieves.

Part of the Solution:

Two-Step Authentication (sometimes called “two-factor” or “multi-factor”). Two-step makes it exponentially more difficult for a hacker to gain access to your accounts. Most two-step systems utilize your cell phone as the 2nd step. A few will whitelist the devices that you login from, eliminating the need to send an alert to your cell phone unless you attempt to login from a non-whitelisted device. Two-Step is generally very simple to setup, and each provider will have their own instructions that typically take 2-3 steps to complete.

How this pertains to your business security:

We will be recommending two-step authentication for all servers, including Terminal Servers and Remote Desktop access. This will also apply to users utilizing LogMeIn to access their work desktops.

How this pertains to your personal security:

We STRONGLY recommend that all users immediately enable two-step authentication on all personal accounts that support it (and your family members). This would include banking, Gmail, GoDaddy, Facebook, Yahoo, Hotmail, PayPal, Medica, and any other sites that support it. Here is a list of some: https://twofactorauth.org/. This exercise will take you an hour or two, but this will be time well spent. BTW – Amazon, US Bank, and Wells Fargo do not yet support two-step.

Unfortunately, this is the reality that we all now live in, and we don’t see this changing any time soon, if ever. Two-step authentication is now necessary since we cannot trust retailers or online providers to properly secure their user databases, nor can we 100% trust that someone doesn’t hack one of your passwords or hit you with malware or a keylogger.

Please let us know if you need any help getting started. Thank you.