What is Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) & How It Works


Here’s an example of what multi-factor authentication (MFA) is not. For instance, you head to your online bank account to login. Entering the username and password into the designated fields and click on login. From here, you’ve gained access to your bank information. Easy peasy and you go about your business. Wait one second! If you’re one of the 54% of consumers who use five or fewer passwords for all of your online accounts, you could be setting yourself up for failure.

Recycling passwords is a big no-no. We highly advise coming up with unique passwords for all digital channels. We published a blog post discussing the importance of unique passwords and why using the same password is bad.

Let’s dive right in and discuss the benefits of multi-factor authentication.

Why Using The Same Password Is Bad


Some of us more than others are guilty of using the same password for different websites. A new study by Google confirmed internet users need to stop using the same password for multiple websites unless they’re keen on having their data hijacked, their identity stolen, or worse. Utilizing the same password for different websites leaves you vulnerable to hackers gaining access to sensitive accounts. We’ll explain why having different passwords for different websites is a cybersecurity benefit and a tool to help manage many passwords. Spoiler alert – you’ll need to remember one master password.

Passwords are not the most efficient cybersecurity practice. Even though we’ve all had passwords since the genesis of the internet – passwords were ways to curtail access to sensitive data. Fast forward to 2019 and notice how new methods of authentication are beginning to replace passwords. For instance, the newest iPhone comes equipped with facial recognition software to unlock the phone. Another example is bio-metric security. Laptops and accessing secret lairs with a fingerprint is becoming used for higher level security hardware and buildings. Although this technology is available, it’s not practical for the average user. Therefore we use passwords to access certain information on the internet. Let’s discuss why using the same password is harmful to your digital identity.

What Is A Virtual Private Network – (VPN)?


A virtual private network, VPN for abbreviation purposes, is an organization and managed IT service providers best friend. What exactly is a VPN? A VPN is a service that lets you access the web safely and privately by routing your connection through a server and hiding your online actions. In short, a PC connects to the VPN server. The connection between you and the VPN server becomes encrypted. Encrypted data is unreadable by humans and computers. The VPN connection becomes active and can now browse out to the internet without someone intercepting the users connection.

Windows 7 Support is Ending — Here’s Why You Should Upgrade to Windows 10


Are your computers still running on Windows 7 — or even (yikes!) something older?

We’ve previously discussed that support for Windows 7 is discontinuing early next year, which means now is a great time to upgrade your business’ Windows machines to Windows 10. What happens when support for an Operating System ends? How easy is it to upgrade to Windows 10? We have answers to those questions and more.