Multi-Factor Authentication

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Definition - What does Multi-Factor Authentication mean?

Multi-factor authentication is a feature combined with a username and password login to boost security options via a command prompt sent to a device that an owner must input to gain access to their account. A downloaded app, text message, or voice message are dynamic endpoints to use as a second factor to log into an account

SureHire explains Multi-Factor Authentication

On its face, the multi-factor authentication mode can appear as a hassle when users must toggle between the regular login and an alternative endpoint. However, the second factor is cut-and-dried to mediate the risk of a data breach with an encoded link to verify the user identity. A password, smartphone, or fingerprint serves as unique protocols by which the user can decrypt the configured prompt from their end.


In many cases, a simple username and password is a preferred method to manage a user's login. But, multi-factor authentication is a more efficient way to deter back-end errors from a misplaced device from which a hacker can exploit and misuse data. This scenario presumes that the recovery item that shows up as a six-digit number on a device means the owner can access their user account.

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