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Enable 2FA: Understand These Pros and Cons Before You Go There

November 16, 2020

Two-factor authentication (2FA) is one of the best ways to secure your business.

Since most businesses have set up shop online, safety measures have changed drastically over the years. There's less worry about physical break-ins and more worry about cyber-attacks and data hacks. If you're interested, here is a list of upcoming cybercrime trends in 2021.

Digital security has become a core focus to protect business knowledge and data,  and two-factor authentication is at the forefront.  

Pros and Cons of 2FA 

You've decided to implement 2FA to increase security. How does it work?

This secure method requires two or more factors to allows users to access certain data or enter systems. These factors are a combination of 'something the user knows' (credentials), 'something the user has' (code), or 'something the user is' (fingerprint).

If you want to enable 2fa, you can choose from a variety of different authentication methods:

  • One time password 
  • Security questions
  • SMS or email messages
  • U2F Keys
  • Push Notifications
  • Biometrics

Discover the 2FA pros and cons for your business below!

Pros of 2FA

The first advantage is that 2fa adds a second layer of security for your business. This is obvious, but also the strongest advantage. A password alone can only offer one layer of security. If that password is discovered, then your security is breached. 2FA offers a 100% increase in your security by adding a second unknown layer.

The second advantage is that it's a low-cost and accessible solution. Most of the apps that offer such services are either free or ask for a low fee. Moreover, you don't have to install any hardware for users. All that is needed is an authentication app on the laptop, phone, or desktop.

The third advantage is that this security method can be used at scale. If you are using the right provider, you can enable 2FA across all your IT resources, including networks, systems, and applications.

Cons of 2FA

The first disadvantage of 2FA is that it will cost you some extra time. Some employees may view this as a wasteful process. However, some methods are quicker than others, such as using an SMS. This issue could be resolved with some research. 

The second disadvantage is that it is not fool-proof. Although 2FA is more effective than passwords, there are determined hackers out there that can implement various malware threats and methods to enter your system.

Are you wondering whether this is something you should do on your own? Here are 5 signs your business may be ready to outsource IT services.

Increase Business Security With 2FA 

2FA is clearly a great choice if you want to increase your security. If you are looking for a convenient method, then SMS messages are the quickest and easiest method. If you want maximum security, then U2F keys are the way to go because they can't be tracked or use personal information. 

Whatever you choose, you'll be happy to have that extra layer of protection. if you need uniquely managed IT consulting, check out our services! We're happy to help. 

Our technological expertise and extensive experience allow us to work with virtually any system, enabling you to meet your specific goals and objectives–no matter how complex they may be. We pride ourselves on offering sophisticated solutions that other, smaller IT firms simply cannot offer, outfitting your company with a reliable support system as your needs expand and evolve. Alura Business Solutions provide services including but not limited to: Carrier Solutions Bandwidth Solutions Phone Solutions Wiring Solutions Client Access IT Solutions

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