According to a recent study, 79% of respondents used two-factor authentication in 2021 compared to only 28% in 2017.
This sizable increase in adoption goes hand-in-hand with businesses shifting to cloud-based systems amid the pandemic. As more organizations migrate processes online, more and more users need to securely access their data too.
So, whether you’re running an online store, monitoring your sales pipeline with a custom CRM or maintaining an internal knowledge base, you can use two-factor authentication to add another layer of security beyond the protection of password credentials.
Here’s how to get started.
What is Two-Factor Authentication?
Simply put, two-factor authentication or 2FA enforces a second validation procedure to identify a user after entering their primary username and password.
It typically involves a one-time PIN that is only valid for a single login session within a finite amount of time. Depending on the service, users take anywhere between a few seconds to a couple of minutes to input their generated code before it expires.
Similar reports from both Microsoft and Google found that 2FA blocks as much as 99.9% of automated attacks and an overwhelming majority of targeted ones. Requiring two proofs of identity when accessing your applications not only enforces additional security governance, it establishes the level of care that should be taken with sensitive data — which helps earn the trust of your customers and end users.
4 Ways Two-Factor Authentication Secures Your Data
Your ability to defend against data breaches and credential theft impacts your business continuity. Here are four security benefits of using 2FA as an essential feature in your daily workflows:
1. Protection from credential stuffing
Numerous companies have fallen victim to some form of data breach in the past, compromising millions of usernames, email addresses and passwords. Credential stuffing involves the attacker reusing the stolen account information across multiple sites, exploiting how people sometimes reuse their passwords. 2FA serves as a second safeguard that stops unauthorized logins even when your password is compromised.
2. Defense against phishing attacks
Sitting at the top of the list of vehicles for phishing attacks, deceptive emails and doppelganger sites make users believe they are signing into a legitimate website to address an issue. Once again, 2FA blocks malicious login attempts with the help of dynamic one-time codes sent only to the real account owner.
3. Nullify brute force hacking
Using trial and error to crack passwords might be a tedious tactic, but it works sometimes, especially with the help of smart algorithms and bots. Brute forcing through a password and a constantly changing PIN is virtually impossible. Users can even opt to limit the number of tries required to input both password and OTP (one-time password), after which the account locks itself from further attempts.
4. Block keystroke logging
When a keylogger malware penetrates your local device, the attacker gains a better chance of cracking your login credentials by capturing keystrokes. 2FA provides an added safety net if an attacker tries to log in with the stolen password.
How Caspio Implements Two-Factor Authentication
In a recent vendor review, Forrester Research praised Caspio’s security features, saying the platform “holds more security certifications than any other vendor in this assessment.” Caspio offers password encryption, IP-based access control and other enterprise-grade security features. For added peace of mind, 2FA provides another layer of security.
Whether implemented when logging into an app or accessing certain pages and files, here are some ways you can implement two-factor authentication in your business apps with the help of our Professional Services team:
Code validation sent via email
On top of their usernames and passwords, require your registered users to enter a dynamically generated code before a successful login. When they click a button, it triggers the app to send an email to the user containing their one-time PIN. You are also free to dictate the parameters of the code and how long it stays valid.
Code validation sent via SMS
Similar to sending the 2FA code via email, businesses can choose to process OTPs through text messaging using Caspio’s native SMS feature. Caspio also allows integration with third-party SMS providers through our partnership with Zapier.
Limit the number of attempts
Request for further customization of your 2FA workflow by setting the number of input attempts. Exceeding the number of input attempts will temporarily lock an account.
Add Another Layer of Security to Your Caspio Applications
Already a Caspio customer with several web applications built on the platform? Perhaps you’re a new user who just completed your first project and are about to go live?
Consider adding two-factor authentication to protect your business and your data.