Two Factor Authentication (often shortened to 2FA) is a basic process to give you access to enter and edit your own website. In addition to your username and password, you enter a simple code to complete the login. This extra step wards off hackers who may have gained access to your username and password because only you have access to the 2FA code.
Unfortunately, websites that require only a simple username and password have become increasingly easy for hackers and criminals to compromise in order to retrieve passwords or financial details. Once they get in, they can wreak unimaginable problems with your website structure and content, in addition to fraud and credit issues.
Extra security is critical here.
How does it work?
Two Factor Authentication creates an additional step in the login process in order to add an extra layer of security. This “multi-factor authentication” requires the first step of entering your password and username. After this, an extra code or token is used to complete the login. This unique combination can make it much more difficult for potential intruders to gain access and steal critical information.
Two-factor authentication is not a new idea. Google has regularly used it since 2011, as well as MSN and Yahoo. It’s quite likely your bank and other financial institutions have been urging you to set up 2FA for your accounts with them.
Using Two Factor Authentication process can lower the identity theft, phishing emails and other fraudulent activity.
How do you install it?
Discuss website security with your developer. Ask your web developer to install Two Factor Authentication. Make sure they walk you through the steps of how it is used.
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