At a security conference last week, Microsoft revealed that 99.9% of the e-mail accounts that are compromised every month, have one thing in common. They do not have multi-factor authentication enabled. Multi-factor authentication, or MFA is simply like a second, random password sent to your device, like your phone, after you log in. MFA is free to use, takes about 5 minutes to setup, and generally is only triggered if you are logging in from an unusual location or device.
Microsoft said that .5% of its 1 billion users get hacked every month. In January 2020, that total was 1.2 million people! In 99.9% of those cases, having multi-factor authentication enabled would have stopped the hackers dead in their tracks. However, the company warned against having the MFA code texted to your phone, because text messages are becoming increasingly susceptible to hacking. Instead, just download an easy to use authenticator app like Google or Microsoft authenticator, which are both available free of charge from the Google and Apple App stores. So, don’t be a silly statistic! Take 5 minutes to secure your account with multi-factor authentication today! And of course we are here to help if you need it!