Two factor authentication soon to be a standard

Two factor authentication increases security

Two factor authentication in addition to complex passwords are very difficult to guess or even crack using  commonly available code breaking software. Password complexity is often built on  the length of the word and the difficulty one has in guessing it. The more  complex a password you create, the more secure you are making your data.

PasswordPasswords that feature uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and characters  are much more challenging for a hacker to crack. Integrating numbers and  characters into phrases also helps guard against dictionary attacks. However  that often is not enough.

With two-factor authentication, a user logging in to a service or device  supplies a second piece of information in addition to a password, thus making it  impossible for another party to gain illicit access to the user’s accounts  without all the separate pieces of information.

Following similar initiatives by Apple, Google and Facebook, Microsoft is  enabling two-factor authentication for its Microsoft Account service, the log-on  service for many of its online and desktop products.

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Microsoft is implementing additional verification methods such as a short  code sent to the user’s mobile phone, which is then entered in addition to the  password, or by asking the user to supply additional information, such as an  alternative email address.

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Author: Victor Janulaitis

M. Victor Janulaitis is the CEO of Janco Associates. He has taught at the USC Graduate School of Business, been a guest lecturer at the UCLA's Anderson School of Business, a Graduate School at Harvard University, and several other universities in various programs.