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What Multi-Factor Authentication Is – And How It’ll Protect You

by: Sean Singer

February 4, 2022

It’s Monday morning – you log in to your email and realize it’s been hacked. We’ve all been there, even when we meet the password and username requirements. With the increase in remote work and the jump in data breaches that comes with it, Salesforce decided to take security a step further with Multi-factor authentication (MFA).

The Basics of Multi-Factor Authentication

Usernames and passwords alone don’t provide sufficient safeguards against unauthorized account access, so MFA requires users to prove their identity by providing two or more pieces of evidence when they log in. Step one would be providing your standard username and password. In the second step, a user is prompted to provide an additional verification method, such as entering a security key.

By tying a user’s access to multiple, different types of log-in factors, it’s much harder for a bad actor to gain entry to your Salesforce, and Litify, environment. Even if a user’s password is stolen, there’s a low chance a hacker would be able to break through the second set of verifications, which means your data stays secure.

Did you know MFA can actually save you money?

The main benefit of MFA is enhancing your organization’s security. Usernames and passwords are an important step in platform security, but they are also vulnerable to brute force attacks and can easily be stolen by third parties. Enforcing the use of an MFA protocol like a thumbprint or physical hardware key means increased confidence that your organization will stay safe from cyber attacks. Another huge benefit of switching to MFA? Lower insurance rates. 

“McDivitt has been rolling out MFA over the last couple of weeks. One reason we’re doing it is it lowers our insurance rates. Our insurance company came to us and said if you’re not on MFA, we’re going to raise the rates. We see this as a huge benefit” – Chief Technology Officer at McDivitt Law Firm, Tom Zichterman

Hear more from McDivitt Law Firm in this short, 10-minute video about their experience implementing MFA within Litify for their firm. 

MFA is available now and free for Litify customers

Litify is built on Salesforce, so all Litify customers are able to use MFA for free! Though it’s required to implement MFA by September 2022, why wait to safeguard your data? The Litify support team is available to help you through the free and easy process.

Add an extra layer of security to your data. Get started on your MFA implementation today.

About the author – Sean Singer – VP of Security and Compliance

Sean has over 15 years of experience leading technology organizations in Legal, Life Sciences, and Biometric Authentication and 7 years of experience on the Salesforce platform

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