What is multi-factor authentication?

Authentication adds an extra layer of security to protect your accounts, networks, and devices. Two-Factor and Multi-Factor Authentication (2FA and MFA, respectively) use a combination of two or more of the methods below to authenticate who you are:

Something you know

  • Password
  • Security questions
  • PIN

Something you have

  • Card with chip
  • Texted codes
  • Authentication App

Something you are

  • Fingerprint
  • Retina scan
  • The picture on your ID badge

Using your debit card with a chip and entering your PIN is an example of 2FA. Unlocking your cellphone with a PIN and fingerprint is another. Enabling MFA is an easy step to take to keep yourself cyber safe.

The more layers of security between your important information and cyber criminals, the better!

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