Prevent 99.9% of attacks on accounts with Secure Passwords and MFA

David William Beck
2 min readJun 15, 2021

Good password management is a bit like eating your greens — we know they may not be quite as tasty as the rest of the meal, but research has shown they improve our health and protect us from problems later down the line.

The same is true of proper password management and Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). In this post, we will look at the importance of adopting MFA and a secure password policy.

According to research from Microsoft Security, Multi-Factor Authentication prevents 99.9 percent of attacks on your accounts. This incredible figure just goes to show the importance of good online hygiene.

According to Microsoft ‘There are over 300 million fraudulent sign-in attempts to our cloud services every day’

So what is Multi-Factor Authentication?

Passwords have been the standard for logging in on the web for years, but unless there changed regularly, they can be broken by malicious actors. Even strong passwords which change regularly may become vulnerable if there is a server data breach.

Multi-Factor Authentication usually requires two or more proofs of who you are. This can be done through an email, through an app on your phone, through a text message or even facial recognition and more. Other methods include providing letters from a secret word or even identifying objects.

Many services have MFA as an option that you can enable, and there are many addons for services like WordPress which can improve security.

Secure password policy

Many organisations will change their passwords on a regular basis as this allows you to keep more control over who can access your network.

Summary

Two-factor authentication is vital for every industry, but if your organisation wants to work in many industries, such as finance, health, military, security or government, a secure network and Two-factor authentication are often a prerequisite for any business.

Reference: One simple action you can take to prevent 99.9 percent of attacks on your accounts

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