Did You Know? 2-Step and 2-Factor Authentication Are Not the Same Thing!

By | 2016-10-25T15:00:31+00:00 October 25th, 2016|Business Intelligence, Security|Comments Off on Did You Know? 2-Step and 2-Factor Authentication Are Not the Same Thing!

With all the recent hacking scares all over the world, you know and understand that your business’s cyber-security is extremely important.

If you are seeking out a way to improve your business’s cyber-security, both for your business itself as well as for your customers, you are likely looking at your authentication process. Two-step and two-factor authentication are two of the most commonly used options. Many businesses use the terms two-step and two-factor authentication interchangeably, but there’s actually a subtle difference.

Two-Step Authentication

A two-step authentication process requires a single-factor login (such as a memorized password or biometric reading) as well as another of the same type of login that is essentially sent to the user. For example, you may have a memorized password for your first step and then receive a one-time-use code on your cell phone as the second step.

Two-step authentication adds an extra step in the authentication process, making it more secure than a single-step authentication (i.e. just the password). However, if a person or business is hacked, it will do only a little to stop hackers from getting a hold of whatever they are looking for.

Two-Factor Authentication

On the other hand, there is two-factor authentication (sometimes referred to as multi-factor authentication), which is significantly more secure. This type of authentication requires two different types of information to authenticate. For example, it could be a combination of a fingerprint or retinal scan as well as a password or passcode. Because the types of information are different, it would require a great deal of effort to obtain both forms of authentication.

In essence, every two-factor authentication is a two-step authentication process, but the opposite is not true. With this information in mind, you can be certain that you are using the right type of authentication in your business to keep your business and customer information as secure as possible.

Authentication processes are just the tip of the iceberg of business security. Your network needs the best security technology has to offer. To take the stress out of securing and protecting your network, contact us today.

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