Data Security and Common myths about two factor authentication

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Two Factor Authentication

In the recent times, there has been a lot of chatter about two factor authentication due to which, several myths have come into existence. Some of the common misconceptions are as follows,

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Myth 1:

In case if your data get breached, turning the 2FA on is a good, quick and easy solution.

Actual:

Majority of the sites are unable to activate this 2FA as its deployment needs the issuance of embedding cryptographic keys or issuing tokens in different devices. Most of your current users would not have necessary means to login if you immediately start asking for 2FA for access to the website. Such users will have only three options such as, line up in front of your support center, five up and finally go someplace else. However, if you do not ask the use of 2FA and make it optional not compulsory, than the users would not be interested in enrolling no matter what the benefits are.

Myth 2:

2FA isn’t susceptible to the average data threats

Actual:

 2FA improves data protection & security, no argument in that but that doesn’t mean it’s perfect. What it also does is that it creates a source of attention for hackers as mostly high-value applications are involved in using it. Majority of the 2FA technologies do not give notification to the user as to what they are being asked to allow. Hence, it is way too easy for a non-attentive user to allow the transaction of an attacker while not knowing it.  In addition, third party authentication tokens may rely upon the security provided by the manufacturer or issuer.

Myth 3:

2FA cannot be attained properly on a single device

Actual:

Since more and more users are transferring to smarter gadgets and devices, it is important to run keying data in such devices in a way which is resistant from being tampered to give a solid level of security. For instance, a smartphone application is able to work with keying data and notifying the user about anything they know. Cryptographic tips are used to make sure the user had the possession of such key.

Myth 4:

2FA are quite similar having few differences in approach:

Actual:

Previous 2FA usually relied upon hardware tokens which created a single-time passwords. Other types of solutions like telephonic and SMS communication tools are also available. The utter reliance on 3rd party companies is a factor that must be given importance to as in the past, there have been some results of authentication failure.

Myth 5:

2FA is a troubling requirement that gives less or no benefit to a working organisation

Actual:

In some companies, 2FA is used only as an obligatory purpose and not a regular requirement and to stop the fraudulent activities. The technologies used by companies are not even qualified in many cases for two factor approach. Another better method is utilise a flexible mechanism of authentication that asks for 2FA for riskier transactions. On the other hand, it provides users the reliance of single factor authentication for lower risk and common operations.


2FA does improve the security and is mostly used in top best encryption tools too but that doesn’t happen in all situations or cases. Using or implementing a wrong 2FA can put pressure on the users having less or no security control. Getting to know your users, threats etc. Is vital in implementing a solid, reliable and dependable 2FA deployment.

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