Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA): What is it and how will it help your surveys?

Multi-factor authentication.

Multi-Factor Authentication – known as MFA – is used to protect digital accounts by adding another step to the log-in process in addition to simply typing in a password.

It helps you add another layer of security by requiring a person signing in to also type in a code that has been sent to their email address or smartphone.

There may also be an option to scan a fingerprint or provide an answer to a pre-selected question to prove your identity.

Put simply, MFA requires extra verification that the right person is signing into the account.

How does Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) work?

There are 4 steps to using MFA for extra security and verification when signing-in to your digital devices or accounts.

You will need to add a verified email address or mobile (cell) phone number to your account first.

  1. Sign in with your email and password
  2. Receive an email or SMS message requiring you to verify yourself with a code or biometrics
  3. Retrieve the unique code and input that on your log-in screen
  4. Gain access to your device account

Ultimately, this prevents someone from being able to access your account by simply knowing your password.

And with cybercrime estimated to cost $13.82 trillion globally by 2028 (Statista), this is a great way to ensure that a password breach isn’t enough to leave your accounts or devices unsecure.

Multi-factor Authentication benefits

There are multiple benefits to using Multi-Factor Authentication.

  1. You can trust the identity of the person signing in
  2. It’s easy to set up and use
  3. Offers an additional layer of security
  4. Works well on-site or remotely
  5. Protects against the vulnerabilities of password hacks

It may also help you with data security compliance.

Should you use Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) for surveys?

For anyone running surveys, it’s recommended you use Multi-Factor Authentication for your survey software or survey platform. Of course, this assumes you are using a survey platform that enables MFA.

As data security is such a crucial element to surveys, using MFA would generally be considered a no-brainer if it’s possible.

It will provide enhanced security to the survey data of respondents.

Use MFA to protect your surveys with Snap XMP

Snap XMP is the all-in-one survey platform used by governments, health organisations, market researchers, and businesses around the world.

Snap XMP offers:

  • Questionnaire design and distribution
  • Analysis and reporting
  • Quick-start templates
  • ISO 27001 certified
  • Online surveys, offline mode, and paper surveys

It also includes optional Multi-Factor Authentication to ensure your sign-ins are secure.

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