Cybercrime is by far the biggest threat to UK businesses at the moment. With thousands of successful hacks taking place every day.

While there is no way to protect yourself completely, one security method has been shown to be 99% effective.

According to Microsoft, multi-factor authentication is able to block 99% of hacking attempts.

You might have seen multi-factor authentication when logging into your bank. It asks you to confirm your identity with an extra step, such as generating a code on your mobile.

Using multi-factor authentication is only a minor inconvenience, compared to the major hassle of a data breach.

With multi-factor authentication enabled even if a hacker knew your username and password they would not be able to access your account.  It really is a powerful tool to keep your online accounts secure.

There is one thing you need to be aware of with one method of multi-factor authentication and that’s called smishing.

Smishing is when a hacker successfully diverts incoming calls and texts to your mobile number.  This means a hacker could potentially intercept the code sent to you in a text message and still get into your account.

We advise all our clients who are setting up multi factor authentication to use an app on their smartphones such as Google Authenticator, or Microsoft Authenticator to stop smishing attempts in their tracks.  Of course, we also suggest that their smartphones are secured with a passcode, thumb print or facial recognition in case their smartphones are stolen.

To talk more about this or to discuss what other options are available, please get in touch with us today.