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Two-Factor Authentication

September 5, 2019

It seems that almost daily, another hack or cyberattack makes the news. Capital One Bank is a notable recent victim. It is important as ever to take precautions to secure sensitive data, whether it be financial data or police records, including body camera footage. When it comes to online security, most people think of complex passwords, but many often forget an increasingly more common method to keep unwanted individuals out of our online accounts: two-factor authentication.

Two-Factor Authentication (“2FA” or “TFA”) is an additional security step that requires someone to enter more than one passcode to be able to log in. For example, a user’s standard password is often the first factor (“what you know”) while a code sent via text message to your cell phone is the second factor to prove “what you have.” In some cases 2FA revolves around proving “who you are,” such as a fingerprint.

The three most commonly used 2FA methods are:

Despite the fact that 2FA is often seen as a nuisance, an article on TechCrunch recaps a study conducted by Google on just how successful 2FA truly is against unauthorized access.

Google’s data showed having a text message sent to a person’s phone prevented 100% of automated bot attacks that use stolen lists of passwords against login pages and 96% of phishing attacks that try to steal your password.

Visual Labs makes security and CJIS compliance a very high priority. Accordingly, Visual Labs requires each user to have 2FA enabled, whether it’s by receiving a security code via SMS, email or from Google Authenticator on his or her phone. This second layer of protection helps to better safeguard users’ body camera footage, location data, and more.

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