Hackers are everywhere. If you want your business account to stay safe and your financial and other vital data and files — it’s best always to be secured. How do you increase your cybersecurity? One of the best ways to protect your account from hackers is to use Multi-factor Authentication (MFA), which allows you to use a code when signing in to your account that will be directly sent to you, so hackers can’t access it.
Three Main Methods of MFA
It’s important to know that there are three different methods of using MFA. Let’s take a closer look at these three, so you’ll know which one most fits you.
SMS-based MFA: It's probably the most common and well-known type. This method uses a text message to send a code to the user so that they can authenticate their account. When setting up this type of MFA, you will have to enter your mobile number.
On-device Prompt in an App: This type of MFA also uses a code so that users can log in to their accounts. However, instead of being sent through SMS, this one generates a code through an MFA app through push notifications.
Security Key: Just like its name suggests, a security key is a key that a user must insert on a PC or mobile device to authenticate their accounts. Users must carry their security key with them at all times.
Most Convenient MFA
Some users find using MFA time-consuming, especially when inserting a key to open your account. When it comes to convenience, the SMS-based MFA is the most recommended.
At BetterWorld Technology, we suggest all business owners use MFA to add security to their accounts, whether they choose a key, SMS message, or an app.
Most Secure MFA
If your account has a lot of sensitive data, the most secure type of MFA that you should use is the security key. Since it’s a separate device, no third-party users will be able to access your account.
Success Rates of Blocking Attacks:
● SMS-based: 76 to 100%
● On-device Prompt: 90 to 100%
● Security Key: 100%
Looking for Something Convenient and Secure?
If you want a convenient method that is more secure than SMS-based MFA, you should try using the one-device prompt method in an app. You don’t need to carry it with you all the time like the security key, and it’s much safer than SMS-based.
Set Up MFA With Us
At BetterWorld Technology, we highly encourage all users — especially small businesses in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, and more — to set up MFA on their accounts. Learn more about cybersecurity today by visiting our site!