Passwords alone aren't enough.
Passwords are not enough.
We've been reading the news about these data breaches, and we're sure you have too. It's scary stuff! The truth is that cybercriminals have more than 15 billion stolen credentials to choose from. So if they pick yours, they could take over your bank accounts, health care records, company secrets—pretty much anything they want.
And while it's essential to ensure that your password is strong enough and hard to guess, it's not enough to keep your data safe from cybercriminals. You need to use multi-factor authentication (MFA) too!
You may be familiar with MFA as an IT authentication method requiring a user to present at least two factors that prove their identity. Typically this means something you know (like a password) and something you have (like a mobile phone). But since cybercriminals are so sophisticated these days, MFA has evolved into more than just having two factors: it includes something you are. That could be fingerprints or iris scans, or some other biometric data.
Using MFA protects you against being hacked because it makes stealing your information harder for the average criminal—and they're smart enough to know which.
To see if your details have been exposed:
Type in your email addresses for all close contacts:
You (work and home)
Your team (work and home)
You will be surprised to find most have their passwords already compromised.
How to switch on Multi-factor authentication (MFA) for significant applications: