Making two-factor authentication stronger in two easy steps

Rebecca James Last updated: August 15, 2023 Reading time: 4 minutes

As cybersecurity attacks have become one of the most critical issues causing a never-ending headache for organizations and individuals, additional layers of security are no longer an option but a must. However, the results of the Keeper Security survey raise privacy concerns. According to the report, 80% of people aged 18+ use the same password across multiple accounts, making them easy prey for hackers constantly looking for ways to invade our privacy.

But here comes two-factor authentication promising to ensure additional protection for its users. So, let’s dig deeper to understand what it means and how to ensure that 2FA is as secure as possible.

What is two-factor authentication

2FA is known as “multi-factor authentication.” One factor is always something the user knows, for example, a PIN code or password, and the second one is related to something the user has, such as their fingerprint.

You have probably heard about two-step authentication. Do not confuse yourself – these are not the same. 2SV doesn’t require the “something user has” part. In 2SV, the second step usually involves receiving a code via SMS or e-mail and entering it on the website or application. From first sight, a smartphone receiving a text message or e-mail with a code may confuse and make you consider it as “something you have,” but eventually, the code and the credentials used to access the account or device is still “something you know.”