Scammers have become increasingly competent over the years which has made spotting malicious emails more difficult. Whilst It is still the case that the grammar and general sentence structure tend to be poor, this has reduced as foreign attackers have got more proficient and translation tools have improved.Read More
What is 2FA?2 Factor Authentication is an extra scoop of security. Where the username & password is the first scoop, 2FA is the second. 2FA is a second factor using something that you, and only you, have access to. This means, even if your username & password is compromised, the hacker will find it extremely difficult to gain access to your account.
Flavours of 2FAThere are different types and methods of 2FA. Some of the most common include: Authenticators - once the username & password has been entered, the user will receive a push notification on their mobile device (phone or tablet) where they can choose to accept or decline the request. Hardware tokens - a physical key fob that generates a random number for the user, alongside their usual passwords. Text messages - once the user has typed in their password, the 2FA system will text the mobile device a random number, which is then entered to complete the log in process. More recent studies suggest that texts still have the potential to be intercepted by hackers and other means of 2FA would be preferable.
When should you use 2FA?The NCSC recommend you use the 2FA process whenever it’s imperative it's you and not a hacker. Scenarios 2FA should be used would be:
- Remote working and therefore not on the internal business network
- Setting up a new payee for your bank account
- Changing a password
Taste testSome services already have 2FA solutions built in to their log in procedure, however many still don't. If it is available, but not turned on, you will need to visit the security settings option in your account, usually titled '2 step verification'. If you'd like to check to see if your email has already been compromised please visit website www.haveibeenpwned.com.
Flavour of the monthDatcom have been using 2FA methods for some time now and have helped set up customers with the same double layered approach. Businesses have found it easy and none intrusive to use, with fears over time spent quashed once they see how simple it is. If you're unsure about which 2FA method is right for your business or would like assistance setting up the scheme please contact Datcom on the details below.
From the 5th January 2021, the UK has started a new lockdown for a minimum of six weeks. Over this period Datcom will continue to provide the highest level of support and service to our clients, no matter whether you are working from home, in the office or on the road.Read More
Keeping your IT infrastructure updated is critical to maintaining a secure network and protecting your data.Read More