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In light of recent global events, there is a heightened risk of cyber-attacks. We urge local organisations to exercise additional vigilance when monitoring IT infrastructure. Please report suspicious activity to us via our Cyber Concerns Reporting Tool.

Two-factor authentication (2FA), also known as two-factor verification or multi-factor authentication is an extra layer of security for your online accounts. Rather than just using a password to access your account, you will also need something else to authenticate yourself. This may come in the form of:

  • An SMS text message containing a security code sent to your phone

  • A physical device such as a USB key or smart card

  • An authenticator app on your mobile device (these generate security codes linked to your accounts)

  • Biometrics such as retina, fingerprint or face scanning

2FA may seem like a hassle, but it makes it much more difficult for cyber criminals to steal your data and money. 2FA is a valuable security feature and should be used wherever possible.

So, what kind of websites should you consider using 2FA?

  • Online banking (most banks now use 2FA by default)

  • Email clients (e.g. Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail etc.)

  • Online stores (particularly those which have your bank details stored)

  • Social media (e.g. Facebook, Snapchat etc.)

  • Any other sites that contain information you wouldn’t want a stranger knowing

 

You can check to see what popular websites support 2FA here: https://2fa.directory/