You might think it’s a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols. It’s even better if those characters are random, and don’t spell out anything in particular. Plus, it’s pretty much mandatory to use a different password for each online account (or your computer in general).
These are definitely ways to keep your accounts and customer information more secure. But because even completely randomized and complex passwords can be targeted by hackers (and correctly cracked), many companies are switching to two-factor authentication for added security.
You might have already encountered two-factor authentication while using Twitter, Facebook, or even your online bank account. Basically, the concept is that instead of a single password, you are asked to provide two key pieces of information before you’re allowed to log in. This might be your password, plus a unique code that is sent to you via text on your cell phone. A hacker might be able to crack your password, but would they also have access to your phone? You can see the appeal of using another set of criteria to verify your identity!
Aside from protecting you, your system, and your data, two-factor authentication would provide greater security to your customers. Consumers know this, having witnessed high-profile hacking events in the news. Some have even been subject to security breaches themselves. So, many tend to feel more confident about companies that require additional forms of verification.
Of course, two-factor authentication is not without its downsides. For example, imagine the frustration of waiting for a PIN to arrive by text… And it never comes. In order for two-factor authentication to work, and be accessible to more companies and consumers, the technology behind it must be perfected.
With hacks and data breaches becoming a regular part of modern life, we can all expect to witness plenty of innovation with regard to online security. We will continue to keep you updated on the latest strategies and protocol. In the meantime, give us a call at 888-RING-MY-TECH if you have questions about securing your network or online accounts. We can help you identify possible vulnerabilities, and show you how to better protect yourself and your customers.