Microsoft reports that their cloud services, including Azure, Office 365, Hotmail and more see 300 million bogus attempts to log in every single day. The best way to protect yourself from getting hacked, is to implement multi-factor authentication (MFA) aka 2 Factor Authentication (2FA) wherever available. Indeed, Microsoft claims that MFA is blocking nearly 100% of all automated attacks, meaning robots that relentlessly try every single username/password combination until it gets a hit. With MFA, a robot might crack your password, or a phishing email might trick you into revealing it, but as long as you have your cell phone and that code, the bad guy won't get in.
"Based on our studies, your account is more than 99.9% less likely to be compromised if you use MFA," said Alex Weinert, Group Program Manager for Identity Security and Protection at Microsoft.
At Plexus IT, security is the first thing that comes to mind when we access sensitive client resources and we require that MFA is enabled on every resource we connect with across the web. We also apply that extra layer of security to every computer we use at the office or on the road. While we won't reveal what 3rd party MFA products or other measures we've put into effect, we do have some strong recommendations for you including
Personally, I prefer the methods of DUO, Microsoft and Google which can a notification to your mobile device which works like this: I login into a web site using my username and password, then a notification pops up on my mobile device prompt to approve or deny the login attempt. I find this easier than receiving the code by text, then having to key that code into the web site. Of course, that's easy enough, but a simple tap to accept is faster and easier.
Microsoft has required all of its partners reselling Office 365 to enable MFA so, if your a Plexus IT customer, we'll be working together closely to get this extremely worthwhile security measure activated soon. If you're not a Plexus IT customer and would appreciate some help to get this going, please contact us. Our offer of 2 free consulting hours still stands and using it to beef up your defenses is a wise decision. Call us today: (818) 293-5592.