As we know in today’s times there is nothing called ‘a secured device’. MFA is popularly known as Multi-factor authentication. It is a veritable name in the world of security systems. There are various sets of authentication components such as:
- Biometric Verification – This is a system that authenticates users by identifying their unique characteristics that is their biological traits such as retina, voice patterns, fingerprint, signatures, iris patterns, DNA, etc. Duplication is minimal in this process as long as no grave fraudulence is involved. This is a realistic form of identification process used in computer science that accentuates surveillance systems.
2. Password Verification – OTP or onetime passwords are generated by computer systems to users in order to process their transactions. This is another form of verification that involves sending messages (passwords/verification codes) to individuals, cutting off security breach. You need to enter these 4/5 digit codes to verify your identity before signing in and accessing your account or making a transaction. This process is discussed in the image below:
Your account needs to remain in safe hands. Avoiding sticky situations will require value-judgements like adding valid information about yourself so that duplicate identification or authentication does not arise out of nowhere.
3. Security Token – Display screens (installed in various workplaces, business organizations and several other types of commercial establishments) ask for PIN (personal identification) or authentication codes. These codes are part of the vast security token design. Advanced security tokens include Bluetooth tokens, access cards, USB token devices, smart cards and mobile phones.
There are three types of security tokens such as:
- Contact less Tokens – RFID (radio-frequency identification) are known as contact less tokens that does not require physical contact with the main computer (the one that undertakes permission, data transmission and authentication processes). It is not used regularly by organizations as it is still in its nascent stages. Security concerns have kept RFID development under wraps.
2. Connected Tokens – As the name suggests these tokens require physical contact for real connection. Authentic data gets transferred after a connection is made between the host input device and the security tokens such as smart cards and USBs.
3. Disconnected tokens – These are most commonly used devices that run on two-factor authentication which takes place between the host and itself via PIN. There is no logical or physical connection with the host whatsoever. Data required for authentication is manually (previously injected prior to authentication process is started) inserted in a built-in screen.
Multi-layered checks to protect vulnerable users
With increasing number of cyber threats taking place today, high-end security checks and authentication processes have been included by organizations around the world. Online transactions are at an all-time high which makes it more than necessary to include two-factor and multi-factor authentications.
There is nothing called a ‘strong password’ in the world of hackers. Ecommerce, online transactions and banking actions have led users to take security seriously. Life has become impossible without online actions. Password combinations are not hard to crack for professional hackers.
Protection should be reasonably secure and encrypted computing systems must also be well-managed.
Identity breaches and information thefts have risen enormously. Individuals remain vulnerable while online transactions are beyond escaping. Single mode of authentication is useless. Two-tier or multi-tier credential verification provides added security.
Multiple layers of authentication curtails possibilities like unauthorised entry and rampant online frauds.
Single Sign On and Multi-Factor Authentication Systems:
- Mobile/Web Apps
- OS Logins
- Payment Verification services
- User Authentication Services
- PC/Tab/Mobile Login with Single Sign On
- App Specific login (also includes single sign on)
- Active Directory Services
- OTP – SMS/Email