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Fact sheet: Multi-factor authentication

 

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    Multi-factor authentication

    Devices and accounts are important tools that help us stay connected. But they also contain a lot of personal information that you don’t want to fall into the wrong hands. So how do you ensure your private information stays private? Go beyond just a password by enabling multi-factor authentication, which requires additional verification (like a PIN or fingerprint) to access your devices or accounts.

    Multi-factor authentication is all about YOU

    Who you are

    • Fingerprint scanners
    • Voice verification
    • Facial recognition

    What you know

    • Security questions
    • Passwords and passphrases
    • PINs

    What you own

    • SMS authentication
    • Application-based authentications
    • Hardware tokens

    Did you know?

    • 1 in 3 Canadians use multi-factor authentication1
    • A simple 2-step verification can protect you from:
      • 100% of automated bots
      • 96% of phishing attacks
      • 76% of targeted attacks2
    • 81% of hacking-related data breaches are due to weak or stolen passwords3

    How multi-factor authentication can help protect you

    • Enabling multi-factor authentication can help you keep your data safe from cyber criminals.
    • Some authenticators, like SMS or application-based authentications, can make you aware of someone attempting to access your account.

    1 Public Safety Canada, Survey of Internet Users Regarding Cyber Security, EKOS Research Associates, 2018
    2 New research: How effective is basic account hygiene at preventing hijacking, Google Security Blog, 2019
    3 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report, Verizon, 2017

     

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