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Secure your account with multi-factor authentication

What is multi-factor authentication (MFA)?

MFA, or multi-factor authentication, is a measure of digital security authentication. MFA requires you to confirm your identity in several distinct ways, one of which is often a password. The other can be single-use codes sent to your device, biometric data, or even a physical gadget. Think of multi-factor authentication as your last line of defense. Even if someone found out your password, additional security steps would give you extra time to change it before hackers could get to your account.

How does multi-factor authentication work?

Without multi-factor authentication, you get into an account by entering your username and your password. While it’s sufficient in most cases, anyone can easily compromise your security if they find or crack your password. With MFA, there will be another step after you enter your credentials.

Here are a few examples of what steps you can expect:

  • Enter code you receive via SMS
  • Enter code in a third-party app like Google Authenticator
  • Use biometrics (your fingerprint or face)
  • Plug in a security device
  • Connect via bluetooth

Is multi-factor authentication safe?

Using multi-factor authentication strengthens your account security significantly. That’s because a password alone is not enough to hack someone. A hacker would need your device or even your biometric data, which is much harder to get.

Note that there is a chance you can get locked out of your own accounts. When using MFA, make sure you set appropriate safeguards in case you lose your device or your email account.

What authentication factors can you use with NordLocker

Currently, NordLocker allows protecting your account with Google Authenticator, Authy, or Duo. You’ll also receive 10 single-use backup codes when you set up multi-factor authentication on NordLocker. If you lose your device or can’t use your authentication app, your backup codes will help you restore your MFA.

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