Two-Factor Authentication

When signing into a website, the information typically requested consists of a simple combination of a username and password. This is often all that is needed to sign in to a user’s account.

Some websites will also include additional steps, such as security questions and PIN numbers, in order to gain access to your account.

However, perhaps the most secure means of protecting your account is to utilise two-factor authentication as a way of preventing unwanted access.

But how does it work? Our article explores the inner workings.

What is Two-Factor Authentication?

Also known as 2FA, two-factor authentication is a supplementary measure applied to the login process in order to protect your account. This provides an additional security measure to help keep your account safe.

Why Use Two-Factor Authentication?

When it comes to dealing with money and financial accounts, access by anyone other than the account holder can pose a huge issue. As such, any actions to prevent such an issue are welcome.

In order to avoid anyone else gaining unwanted access to your account, many sites have implemented two-factor authentication as a means of providing additional protection against hackers and illegal entry.

Naturally, using additional login steps to confirm your identity and grant access to your account provides additional barriers and reduces the likelihood of your account be hacked.

How Does Two-Factor Authentication Work?

As the name suggests, two-factor authentication involves a two-step process whereby you confirm your identity by using another account personal to you.

Common methods of two-factor authentication include SMS text message and voice call to your mobile phone or landline.

Upon login, you will be prompted to enter a code, which you will be sent via one of the means above. Once received, simply enter the given number to prove you are who you same you are and you will be granted access instantly. 

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