Every time you type in a password to access an account, you’re using one-factor authentication. These days, you’ll need to layer your security better with the help of two-factor or multi-factor authentication.
2FA or MFA will require a source of authentication from a separate system such as your email. If you try signing in with just your password on a new device, then you’ll be sent a verification code on another system that is already trusted.
Alongside the lowered risk of a breach, 2FA or MFA allows you to track the time and place you logged into your account.
SMS or phone-based codes for MFA is not secure enough. Cybercriminals can easily access these codes or they may potentially be the ones sending them to you.
We suggest downloading the Microsoft or Google Authenticator app from an official app store, and always use 2FA or MFA when possible. An authenticator app will create a one-time security code that lasts 30 seconds until it expires so you have an added layer of security that no cybercriminal will be able to act on in time.
By using MFA, you're significantly reducing your risk of a breach.