Microsoft simplifies Multi-Factor Authentication for businesses

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Microsoft is taking an extra step to help protect your online accounts. Soon, business users of Microsoft 365 will be able to set up Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) directly within Outlook.

MFA is an essential tool to help protect your online accounts from cybercriminals. Not only does MFA generate a new, single-use passcode with each login to prevent cyber criminals from infiltrating accounts – but it’s conveniently located on an authenticator app that you can easily download and set up.

These codes can also be sent via SMS text message, by a phone call, or you might be given a unique USB key to plug into your computer. However, this process can be done faster using a biometric login such as your fingerprint or face ID. For some, this may be seen as complicated or time-consuming, but its protection far outweighs the seconds it takes to access your account.

To make sure you’re not wasting precious seconds, Microsoft is working to bring MFA directly into the Outlook app with a feature called Authenticator Lite. Instead of relying on additional apps or codes sent via email, users can authenticate faster than ever before.

Hoping for faster authentication on your personal computer? Unfortunately, there’s no news yet for faster authentication for personal PCs. Microsoft may be working on plans behind the scenes that could make this feature available across a variety of hardware and software. Stay tuned; we’ll keep you posted if any exciting developments arise!

With the ever-growing threat of cybercrime, businesses need to ensure they have strong security measures in place. Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is an invaluable tool that can protect against a wide range of online threats and should be a top priority for any business.

Need help with implementing MFA or getting the most out of Microsoft 365? Get in touch today! (512) 960-2744.!

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