In a recent National Cybersecurity Alliance survey, 57% of respondents said they have heard of multi-factor authentication (MFA), but many people don’t realize that multi-factor authentication is an incredibly important layer of protection in keeping accounts secure. This month, we’re showing others how easy it is to turn on MFA whenever possible.
Our Tips and Advice
MFA provides extra security by providing a secondary method of confirming your identity when logging into accounts. MFA usually requires you to enter a code sent to your phone or email, or one generated by an authenticator app. Push notifications are also common methods of MFA. This added step prevents unauthorized users from gaining access to your accounts, even if your password has been compromised.
Follow These Steps to Turn on MFA
- Open your app or account settings. It may be called Account Settings, Settings & Privacy, or something similar.
- Turn on multi-factor authentication. It may also be called two-factor authentication, two-step authentication, or something similar.
- Confirm. Select an MFA method to use from the options provided. Examples are:
- Receiving a code by text or email
- Using an authenticator app: These phone-based apps generate a new code every 30 seconds or so.
- Biometrics: This uses facial recognition or fingerprints to confirm your identity.
Additional Facts and Figures
Of those who have heard of MFA, 79% had applied it to their online accounts.
Of that number, 94% said they are still using MFA, showing that once MFA is enabled, users will keep using it.
Being in the know is the first step to protecting yourself and your business from cyber fraud. Choice Bank is committed to providing you with up-to-date resources and tips to help you stay informed. Learn more at bankwithchoice.com/cybersecurity.
This content was produced by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the National Cybersecurity Alliance.