2fa – What is it? Why is it important?

What is 2FA?

Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) is a security protocol that adds an extra layer of protection beyond traditional passwords.

It requires users to provide two distinct forms of identification before granting access to an account or system. Typically, this involves something the user knows (like a password) and something they have (such as a temporary code sent to their mobile device, an email account or by using a 2FA app like Google Authenticator on Android or iOS or Microsoft Authenticator). By requiring dual authentication, 2FA significantly enhances security, thwarting unauthorized access and bolstering defences against cyber threats.

Why is using 2fa important?

2FA is a simple yet highly effective way to fortify online accounts, whether for email, social media, or financial services or bespoke web applications such as the ones IceBubble develop. It acts as a digital gatekeeper, significantly reducing the likelihood of unauthorized access and protecting sensitive information from falling into the wrong hands. As an organisation, if you handle Personal Information, requiring 2FA in your day to day business applications (CRM’s, HR Management, Accounting Software) is essential. Here are some links to commonly used solutions, and how to setup 2FA with them:

Enable 2FA in QuickBooks

Enable 2FA in Sage

Enable 2FA in SalesForce

Enable 2FA in WordPress

What about Bespoke Applications and Apps?

The Bespoke Applications that IceBubble write are based on Microsoft .Net and have 2FA authentication ability, right out of the box. In fact Microsoft go further than simple “two” factor authentication, and allow developers to include multiple methods all required at once. This is known as MFA or Multi Factor Authentication, and you can read more about that here and here.

We actively encourage our customers to use this, and for some situations we insist upon it being enabled.

Why does this matter?

The absence of 2FA heightens the risk of personal information compromise, financial losses, and identity theft. In an era of escalating cyber threats, the consequences of not adopting 2FA extend beyond inconvenience to potentially compromising the integrity of one’s digital identity and sensitive data

Get in touch…

Book a call in with IceBubble, and we will be happy to share just how far we go to secure our solutions and how we can help.

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