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Multi-Factor Authentication - How to Protect Your Accounts


As a sentiment for a loved one, I love you is very sweet. But if you’re using it as a password, it’s a recipe for disaster! “iloveyou” just missed out on being one of the top 10 passwords observed in 2019, with the other shockingly insecure passwords listed below:

  • 123456

  • 123456789

  • qwerty

  • password

  • 111111

  • 12345678

  • abc123

  • 1234567

  • password1

  • 12345

Your passwords should be 10-12 characters long and use upper and lower case characters and special symbols such as !@#$%^&*.

Even with these precautions, user accounts are still vulnerable to attack. In order to keep up with ever-evolving threats, experts recommend adding a second layer of security to your accounts known as Multi-factor Authentication (MFA). Also referred to as 2FA (Two-Factor Authentication), this adds an additional layer of protection before you are authorized to access an online account.

This extra step can be as simple as a phone notification or text message, or a more secure method such as mobile app or a physical device that interacts with your computer or smartphone. Many companies are providing this extra layer of security and CHTS highly recommends using this option whenever possible.

Credentials are stolen and accounts are compromised every day. Having a secure password and using MFA as a second layer of defense for your accounts should be as standard as the deadbolt on your front door.

Ask us today about how to setup MFA for your accounts - we are happy to help secure you!

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