253.777.0763    Get SUPPORT

Graemouse Technologies Blog

Graemouse Technologies has been serving the Lakewood & Tacoma area since 2007, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Do You Use 2FA? If So, You’re in the Minority

Do You Use 2FA? If So, You’re in the Minority

Two-factor authentication, also known as 2FA, is a very beneficial addition to consider for your cybersecurity. However, a research study unearthed a few surprising takeaways that indicate that 2FA may not be adopted as much as one might expect it to be.

Researchers at Duo Labs, using data compiled by Survey Sampling International, designed a survey that would mimic the patterns that could potentially be seen in different regions concerning the adoption rate of 2FA. The results of this survey were striking, as they revealed that only 28% of those surveyed--designed to match up to the entirety of the US population--had adopted 2FA. Over half of the participants had never even heard of 2FA before the survey was administered.

The researchers were also surprised to find that, of those who knew about 2FA, 54% were voluntary adopters, and only 20.8% had been introduced to 2FA in their work environments. However, reflecting upon the number of applications and services that now prompt users to set up some form of 2FA, this is hardly surprising. Yet despite the relatively high number of voluntary adopters, less than half of these respondents used 2FA wherever they could.

However, there were a few results that showed a bit more hope for the utilization of 2FA. First of all, an analysis of the state of 2FA that compares the authentication options in 2010 to those in 2017, shows that more people are relying on more secure methods. For instance, the use of hard tokens (or a physical device used to confirm the bearer’s identity) decreased by half in the span of time the analysis covered. This indicates an increased awareness in the potential security risks that a hard token presents--all it would take is for one of these tokens to be lost or stolen to render 2FA ineffective.

The real takeaway from the results of this research is an insight into user behavior. Namely, convenience and simplicity were important factors when a user formed an opinion of the different approaches to authentication. This helped to contribute to security tokens being ranked as the most trustworthy form of 2FA by 84% of respondents. While there was an awareness that these tokens had their issues (including the risk of losing them, as referenced above) there was still a demonstrated trust in their reliability.

Despite all this, the sad truth persists that too few people are utilizing 2FA to secure their personal and business devices. With any luck, this will change in the near future, as network security has been thrust further into the public consciousness due to the repeated breaches and attacks that have made headlines as businesses rely more heavily on computing resources.

Do you have 2FA in place to protect your business resources? For help implementing it and other crucial security measures, reach out to Graemouse Technologies at 253.777.0763.

Tip of the Week: How to Type Accent Marks and Symb...
11 Ways to Enhance Android Security


No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Friday, 23 February 2018
If you'd like to register, please fill in the username, password and name fields.

Captcha Image

Mobile? Grab this Article!

QR-Code dieser Seite

Tag Cloud

Alert Collaboration Holiday HIPAA BDR Computer Care Spam Internet Specifications Windows Server 2008 Spam Blocking Wireless Charging Workers Social Media Windows 10 Server Software Tips Blockchain Physical Security Title II Windows 10 Frequently Asked Questions Remote Work FENG User Error Social Engineering Router Smartphone Settings Office 365 Save Money Multi-Factor Security Meetings Identity Theft Passwords Relocation FCC Fraud Artificial Intelligence Business Intelligence IT Services Productivity Quick Tips Cybersecurity Solid State Drive VoIP Password Microsoft Flexibility Tip of the week HaaS Data Breach Managed IT History Networking Supercomputer Disaster Recovery Charger Work/Life Balance Legal Patch Management Comparison IT Plan webinar Managed Service Provider Google Apps Root Cause Analysis Data Recovery Employer-Employee Relationship Evernote Gadgets Hybrid Cloud Hackers Backup Marketing Network Browser Virtualization Software Data IBM Downtime Data loss Bandwidth Malware How To Emails Tip of the Week Network Congestion End of Support Public Cloud Unsupported Software Botnet Business Management Staff Cloud Ransomware Trending Outsourced IT Website Business Mangement Private Cloud Communication Small Business Infrastructure Start Menu Credit Cards Windows 10s Content Management Business Continuity Conferencing Files Upgrade Knowledge Email Internet exploMicrosoft Keyboard Law Enforcement Netflix Avoiding Downtime Office Flash Computer Computers Operating System Cybercrime OneNote Smartphones Password Manager Mobile Device Management Remote Monitoring Emergency Telephone Systems Windows Android CES Business Computing Saving Money Bring Your Own Device iPhone Voice over Internet Protocol Mobile Devices IT Support Efficiency Managed IT Services Excel IT Management Privacy Two-factor Authentication Apps Wi-Fi PDF Network Security Business Tools User Tips Internet of Things Leadership Hosted Solutions Money Vulnerability Hardware Data Storage Telecommuting Google Drive Redundancy BYOD Technology Online Safety Government Criminal App Best Practices Microsoft Office Cloud Computing Phishing Managed IT Services Google Docs eWaste Security Communications Google Human Resources IT Consultant Windows 7 Cortana Chrome Data Management Sync Apple Data Security Millennials Humor Travel Word Internet Exlporer Innovation Electronic Medical Records Data Backup

Newsletter Sign Up