What is Multi Factor Authentication (MFA)?

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  • Requires action on a secondary trusted device to login.
  • Generates a token in real time that is used along with your password to login.

Benefits:

  1. Free for most accounts
  2. Protects your Identity
  3. Stop Hackers

Why use MFA?

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While attackers can try to guess your password, even if they know your password they would still need access to your second device to authenticate. It is difficult to pull off this kind of attack, because they would need physical access to your phone or other token, or they would need you to tell them your pin.

Types of MFA

Text Message Based MFA

Typical steps:

  1. Sign in with your normal username and passwords
  2. You will be prompted for a pin that has been texted to your cell phone
  3. Enter the pin from your cell phone to login

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App Based MFA

Typical steps:

  1. Sign in with your normal username and passwords
  2. You will be prompted for a pin that is already on your cell phone
  3. Enter the pin from your cell phone to login

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Token Based MFA

Typical steps:

  1. Sign in with your normal username and passwords
  2. You will be prompted for a pin that is on a fob or other token generating device
  3. Enter the pin from the token to login

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