Why You Should Use Two Factor Authentication

Two Factor Authentication, or just 2FA for short, is an extra layer of security that adds a second step to the login process. After you enter your username and password, you'll be asked to enter a code from your phone or an authenticator app ...

This makes it far more difficult for hackers to access your account, even if they have your password. So, here are 5 reasons why you should use Two Factor Authentication:

- It's more secure than a password alone

A password can be guessed or stolen, but a code from your phone or authenticator app is much more difficult to guess or steal.

- It protects you from phishing attacks

Phishing attacks are a common way for hackers to steal your login credentials. With 2FA, even if you fall for a phishing attack, the hacker will still need your code from your phone or authenticator app to access your account.

- It's easy to set up

Most websites and apps now offer 2FA as an option. Setting it up usually only takes a few minutes.

- It's free

There's no cost to use 2FA. Most accounting systems have it baked in.

- It's a good habit to get into

The more you use 2FA, the more secure you'll be online.

If you need help setting up your 2FA in Xero then just let me know. Just remember though, if your method of authorising your access is through your mobile phone you will need to switch 2FA off before changing your phone. I have had a couple of clients caught out like this who then got locked out of their account when they got a new phone. You would be better off using an app like Authy which can also be installed on your PC and is not phone dependent.

If you're not already using Two Factor Authentication, I encourage you to do so as soon as you can. 2FA a very simple way to add an extra layer of security to your online accounting package as well as a whole host of other cloud-based software.

If anything I've written here resonates with you, call me on 01604 420057 and let's see how we can help you.