The Benefits of Two-Factor Authentication

published on Cybersecurity, Legal Risk Management, Legal Technology
The number of companies that have become the victim of a cybersecurity breach is proof that passwords aren’t enough anymore (and hopefully you aren’t one of those people that writes their passwords down on a piece of paper). Increasingly, companies are turning to two-factor authentication (also known as 2FA) to add another layer of security to their online accounts. This means that even if a user’s password is compromised, their account can’t be accessed without requesting a unique code. Since data security is a top priority of Effacts, one of the extra tools customers can use is Authy, a tool for 2FA. Here are some of the basics.

How it works:

Unfortunately, these days passwords aren’t as secure as they used to be and if someone obtains your passwords they can access your account in one simple move. 2FA is a game changer in this regard. Simply put, 2FA is a tool that asks for more than just your password. It requires both “something you know” (like a password) and “something you have” (a physical device like your phone). After you enter your password, a seven digit code will be sent to your phone. You can only access your account after you enter the code.

Security:

When registering your device for Authy, the tool asks you for device details to identify risky registration. Since the passcodes generated by Authy are unique, they are safer to use than static login credentials such as a password, which you may only change from time to time. A username and password together with a piece of information only the user has makes it harder for cybercriminals to steal that person’s data or identity.

User Experience:

The goal of 2FA is to make the process of logging on convenient despite the extra step on the process. Authy can be used on any smartphone, tablet and desktop device and doesn’t require any user training. There are only slight changes made to the user experience when logging on because there is now an extra step to complete. Users are in control of their experience because they are given the tools for handling common occurrences such as adding a device or changing a phone number.

Conclusion:

Your login credentials are more valuable than ever since more employees choose to work remotely or through web-based applications. Authy adds an extra layer of security for users trying to sign into their Legisway database without compromising convenience. If you are interested in acquiring this tool, please contact a member of the Sales Team.