Introduction to Multi-Factor Authentication

Multi-factor authentication (MFA), sometimes referred to as two-step verification or dual-factor authentication, is a security process in which users provide two different authentication factors to verify themselves.

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What MFA is and why we're using it.

What is MFA?

Two-factor authentication is used to strengthen the security of an online account, a smartphone, or even a door. MFA does this by requiring two types of information from the user—a password or personal identification number (PIN), a code sent to the user's smartphone, or a fingerprint—before whatever is being secured can be accessed. 

Authenticator Apps by default use a six-digit MFA code that changes every 30 seconds; this code must be entered within that time. 

Why are we using it?

  • To ensure the highest level of protection for all user interactions with our services
  • It benefits from a highly scrutinized open-source algorithm
  • Users are increasingly adopting Authenticator Apps
  • Authenticator Apps are well-supported by big players (Microsoft, Google, etc.)
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