Everything you need to know about multi-factor authentication

Everything you need to know about multi-factor authentication

Usernames and passwords are a hacker’s favorite thing to steal target because one set can expose all of a business's data. Once inside, hackers can hijack your identity, lock you out of your account, and empty your bank accounts.

The easiest way to prevent anyone from stealing your account information is with multi-factor authentication (MFA).

What is MFA?
Multi-factor authentication is a security system that requires you to verify your identity by providing a combination of the following:

Something you know – This could be a password or PIN code you set.

Why should you patch your software?

Why should you patch your software?

Software updates are annoying. They take several minutes to an hour to complete, force you to restart your device or program, and worst of all, always seem to arrive when you’re in the middle of something important.

It's tempting to skip these updates altogether especially when you're busy, but there are several reasons why you shouldn’t.

Defend against cyberattacks
Most software applications are fairly secure upon release, but hackers eventually find loopholes that allow them to take control of a computer or steal valuable information.

How to keep your privacy intact

How to keep your privacy intact

There’s no such thing as privacy in the modern world. Sure, you could try to live off the grid, but sooner or later some tech genius or hacker will eventually figure out the town, street, and postcode of the rock you’re living under. It also doesn’t help that the websites and services we take for granted are constantly tracking our every move (we’re looking at you, Mark Zuckerberg).

But even though it may seem like a lost cause, there are some things you can do to protect your privacy -- or at least make it difficult for anyone to steal your identity.