What Is 2FA

2FA (two-factor authentication) is an additional security measure that can be used to further protect your online accounts. 2FA requires you to enter an additional code, typically sent to your mobile phone, in order to log in to your account. This makes it much more difficult for someone to hack into your account, even if they have your password. 

2FA is not a new concept. It has been used by banks and other financial institutions for years. However, it is only now starting to become more widely used by online services such as Google, Facebook, and Twitter. We strongly recommend that you enable 2FA for any online accounts that support it.

Why You Should Use 2FA

There are many reasons why you should use 2FA. Here are some of the most important reasons you should use 2FA.

Security

With 2FA in place, even if someone manages to obtain your password, they will not be able to log into your account unless they also have access to your mobile phone (or whatever device you are using to receive the 2FA code).  This makes it much more difficult for someone to hack into your account.

Privacy

In addition to increasing security, 2FA can also help to protect your privacy. For example, if you use Google Authenticator for 2FA, Google will not be able to track your online activity as easily. This is because Google Authenticator generates a new code every 30 seconds, so even if Google were to try and track your activity, they would only see a string of random numbers.

Convenience

2FA may seem like an inconvenience at first, but it is actually very convenient. Once you have set up 2FA, you will only need to enter your password and the 2FA code when logging in. This only takes a few seconds and is much easier than trying to remember a long string of characters.

Benefits of 2FA

2FA adds an extra layer of security to your online accounts. Even if someone manages to obtain your password, they will not be able to log in to your account unless they also have access to your 2FA code. This makes it much more difficult for someone to hack into your account. 2FA is especially beneficial when working for a big company. There are so many programs and accounts you have to login to. You might not even realize if someone hacked it if you don’t have 2FA.

When to use 2FA

2FA can be used for any online account that supports it. We recommend that you enable 2FA for all online accounts. Especially accounts that contain sensitive information, such as your bank account. 2FA is also a good idea for any online account that you use frequently.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is 2FA and how does it work?

2FA is an extra layer of security that is added to your online accounts. It works by requiring you to enter a 2FA code in addition to your password when logging in. This code is usually sent to your mobile phone via text message or generated by an app such as Google Authenticator.

How can I get my 2FA code?

There are a few different ways to get your 2FA code. The most common way is to receive it via text message or email. Another option is to use an app such as Google Authenticator to generate the code.

Do I still need to use a strong password if I have 2FA?

Yes, you should always use a strong password in addition to 2FA. A strong password is at least 8 characters long. It should contain a mix of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.

Let Us Help

We at Elevated Technologies want to make sure every company can keep their accounts and information safe. Your employees having 2FA set up is a great way to keep your company safe and secure. If you have any questions contact us today!

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