Authentication Verification: A Common Mistake that Could Cost You

Authentication Verification: A Common Mistake that Could Cost You

When it comes to passwords, do you know the difference between two-step and two-factor authentication verification? Did you know there was a difference? How about that knowing this difference could possibly save your network?

The two verification processes are often confused for one another. Many businesses even wrongly use the terms interchangeably. Ignorance is not bliss. Stay safer by staying savvier on the web.

Two-step authentication

Let's start with the two-step authentication process. The first step will require a single-factor login (such as a password or biometric reading). The second step will then require another similar type of login that will be sent to the user. For example, a password for your first step and then you receive a one-time-use code on your cell phone as the second step.

Two-step authentication adds an extra step in the verification process. This makes it more secure than a single-step authentication (i.e. just the password). This type of verification, however, is still vulnerable to hackers. 

Two-factor authentication

Two-factor authentication (sometimes referred to as multifactor authentication) is significantly more secure. This type of authentication requires two different types of information to authenticate a user’s identity. For example, it could be a combination of a fingerprint or retinal scan, as well as a password or passcode.

The difference between the two

Basically, every two-factor authentication is a two-step authentication process, but the opposite is not true. Keeping this in mind, make sure that you are using the right type of authentication in your business. This will ensure that you are keeping your company and customer information as secure as possible.

Your network deserves the best security technology has to offer. The right type of authentication is vital to the success of your secure network.

Have questions? Call Cavu Networks today.