What is MFA?
Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is a layered approach to securing data and applications which require a user to present a combination of two or more credentials to log in.
How does MFA change my login process?
A user's credentials must come from at least two or three different categories, or factors. Your password counts as one set of credentials, other types are either a text/call to your phone, or a iOS/Android app notification.
Why do I need MFA?
Enabling MFA on your accounts (at work and home) helps you protect your data from unauthorized access. If one set of credentials is compromised (such as your password), unauthorized users will be
unable to meet the second authentication requirement, and will not be able to gain access without
additional input from the user.
Is this really that important?
In 2020, companies lost 1.86 billion dollars on business email scams alone. In an era of increasing
cybersecurity threats, MFA stands at the forefront of premium cybersecurity measures for protecting
vital infrastructure. It can prevent even some of the most sophisticated cyber-attacks with a simple push
of a button.
Is this easy to use?
It's as simple as clicking approve or deny on your phone. Logging into Outlook from home to start your day at work? Approved! Someone logging into my account from a foreign country? Denied! It's that easy.
Can someone still "hack" my account if I am using MFA?
Yes, but they cannot access your data or mailbox unless the second layer of authentication is approved – so don't approve login requests you did not initiate. Any login from a new device will prompt an MFA
authentication request. On known devices, you only need to do this once every 30 days.