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Nov 26 2018   5:44PM GMT

two-factor authentication (2FA)

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Two-factor authentication (2FA), sometimes referred to as two-step verification or dual factor authentication, is a security process in which the user must provide two authentication factors to verify identity. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Multifactor authentication or 2FA options are cheaper and easier to integrate than ever before and their cost certainly outweighs the potential costs of data and identity theft, financial and reputation damage, and potential lawsuits.” – Michael Cobb

Learning Center
How were attackers able to bypass 2FA in a Reddit breach?
Reddit was quite open after it experienced a breach by attackers who bypassed 2FA. Learn how attackers were able to bypass controls to cause the Reddit breach and how other sites can prevent this kind of attack with Judith Myerson.

How can U2F authentication end phishing attacks?
Google implemented U2F authentication and physical security keys to defend against phishing attacks. Learn why Google chose U2F over OTP and whether or not it’s an effective method.

Enterprises should reconsider SMS-based 2FA use after breach
Reddit recently revealed a data breach that was caused by threat actors intercepting SMS-based 2FA codes. Discover what this means for users and why enterprises should re-evaluate their use of SMS for authentication.

Reddit breach sparks debate over SMS 2FA
A Reddit breach was discovered to be due to an attacker compromising the SMS two-factor authentication used by employees, sparking a debate over using that 2FA method.

Risk & Repeat: Inside the Facebook 2FA fail
This Risk & Repeat podcast examines the Facebook 2FA controversy where the company admitted to using mobile numbers for advertising purposes and what that means for Facebook’s reputation and 2FA adoption in general.

Trending Terms
authentication factor
single-factor authentication
security token
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three-factor authentication

Quiz Yourself
The credit union website uses two-factor authentication to protect _____ members.
a. their
b. its

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