You either have been hacked or will be hacked. It’s a matter of when not if.
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” – Benjamin Franklin
Today we are all connected; you can send a message from a mobile device and in seconds it will be received by someone on the other side of the planet. This is an amazing form of technology and with everything meant for good, there is always a drawback – a darker side of technology. This comes in the form of fraud, identity theft, and other nefarious malice intentions.
Almost every service provided on the internet allows the use of two-factor authentication or multi-factor authentication, which is the use of a device or secondary account to verify your identity. For example, many sites will send a text message when you log in to an account from an unknown device.
How does this help?
If you use the same or similar password on multiple sites, you are exposed. Using two-factor authentication or multi-factor authentication, a text message will come to your account device.
How can I get started?
Look for two-factor authentication and enable it. Google has an “Authenticator” application that allows you to scan a QR code to set it up on many sites from Amazon to Apple. Each service has the option to enable 2FA, or MFA. Take the time to enable and use it. Having that extra step in place provides you with peace of mind knowing there is another layer of protection to your data/information/finances.
Here is a website that can get you started, step by step, with screenshots on enabling this on many of your most common accounts. https://www.turnon2fa.com/tutorials/
We advise enabling two-factor authentication anywhere money or personal information is stored like email, bank, online shopping accounts, etc.
If you want to learn more on how to enable two-factor or multifactor authentication for your organization, contact Coulson Technologies today for a consultation.