Today’s topic is Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA), also known as 2 Step Verification (2SV). Harvard’s MFA solution is DUO.
What is MFA?
MFA is a process to identify a person multiple ways. It insures a stolen password itself doesn’t lead to a stolen email, banking, or social media account.
The 3 Factors of MFA
- Something you know (Password, phrase or PIN)
- Something you have (Code from an app, SMS, Push notifications USB token)
- Something you are (Finder or thumb print, Face scan, Iris scan)
MFA already protects your HarvardKey
Enable MFA for your other accounts, too.
- Easy to add
MFA instructions for hundreds of services available at 2fa.directory.
- Easy to use
MFA adds a few seconds to your login process from time to time.
- More secure
Experts agree MFA is one of the best steps you can take for your security.