With using simple passwords becoming redundant, it has become a trend to use randomized passwords that are generated by the computer system on its own. However, even such passwords can be cracked with the help of special algorithms. To battle this, multi-factor authentication has been introduced. Here is a brief introduction on multi-factor authentication and how it can be used to enhance cloud security:
What is multi-factor authentication?
As the name suggests, multi-factor authentication is using multiple layers of authentication when logging in services. A very good example is the two-factor authentication from Google itself. Some applications from Google provide 2-factor authentication.
You login normally by providing username or email and password. However, after providing the correct information, the application asks for a special code that is generated through Google’s own ‘Google Authenticator’. Most of such authenticators are time-based: they expire after a little time and are extremely difficult to crack.
Multi-factor authentication is not only limited to time-based authenticators, but can also rely on face scans, fingerprints, special questions and so much more.
How multi-factor authentication can enhance cloud security:
Here are some of the ways that multi-factor authentication can be used to enhance cloud security:
Provide extreme level of cloud protection:
Multi-factor authentication can help lock away your cloud content through special and limited-time codes that only you have access to. Even if the hacker somehow gets access to one of your codes, they will only have a very limited time to access your data. Many authenticators have a timeout of 30 to 60 seconds. The hacker will never be able to extract enough data in such a time period, no matter how good they are.
Easy to implement multi-factor authentication:
Most cloud security services already come with the option of adding multi-factor authentication to the data that you are trying to protect. This makes them very easy to implement. Just head over to your security product’s dashboard, enable multi-factor authentication and it will easily start protecting your data with even more security.
Multi-factor is more than 2:
One very big advantage of using multi-factor authentication is that you are not limited to only two authentications.
- You can add multiple layers of authentications, which can make it extremely hard for any hacker to even try to pry in your data.
- Many data and security conscious users use 3 to 4 levels of authentication to ensure that no hacker can even try to enter.
For example, you can add a normal password login, and as soon as the password is correctly entered, the user is asked for a one-time code from a supported authenticator. After entering that code, users can be asked to plug in a special security device that supports your login protocols.
They can also be asked to solve a maze in the same way that it was implemented by the original user. Another way could be to scan for fingerprints or Iris scan, depending on the hardware support.
Cheaper than losing data
Though somewhat a nuisance, multi-factor authentications are a cheap way to protect your data from being lost, especially on the cloud.
They can be used in coordination with your cloud security services and provide an even higher level of protection. Because most of these multi-factor authenticators are free or very cheap, they are an easy and effective way to protect data without making a dent in your wallet. Nothing is more expensive than the private data that you have saved on your cloud.
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We hope that this small article was able to help you understand the advantages of using multi-factor authentication. It is an important component in how to complement cloud security.
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