Multi-factor authentication is an authentication mechanism to double check that your identity is legitimate. This means using multiple layers of security for your accounts. You may have also heard this called 2-factor authentication, which is only using two forms of authentication. The main elements of multi-factor authentication can include:
Knowledge: This is something you know such as a password, a PIN, or an answer to a secret question.
Physical Device: This would include a token, a mobile phone, a key fob, or an ID card.
Biological Factor: This would include features such as face or voice recognition, fingerprint, DNA, handwriting or retina scan.
Reasons to use Multi-Factor Authentication
- Identity theft is an easy, low-risk, high-reward type of crime and a threat to all businesses. It is the fastest-growing type of crime.
- Password theft is constantly evolving as hackers employ methods like keylogging, phishing, and pharming.
- Cyber criminals do more than merely steal data. Often, they destroy data, change programs, spam, or use malicious code.
- Weak or stolen user credentials are a hackers' weapon of choice.
- Peace of mind that your accounts are protected by multiple layers of security.
The main point of multi-factor authentication is that any one factor that is implemented will have its own strength and weaknesses, but by adding a second or a third factor the weaknesses of the other factor is compensated for. The harder you make it for criminals to break into your private accounts, the more likely they’ll give up and try someone less vigilant. With your Peoples State Bank accounts, you can set up multi-factor authentication from both your web browser and our Bank Peoples App.