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Cybercriminals can hack your accounts while you sleep

Cybercriminals know how frustrating it can be to be bombarded by multi-factor authentication (MFA) alerts. They often launch attacks that take advantage of that frustration by launching attacks – even in the middle of the night - with the hope someone will authenticate a login attempt through frustration, tiredness, or just to get the notifications to stop.

Microsoft Authenticator has introduced a new weapon in the fight against these attacks. Number matching as a way of making sure your MFA notification is from the correct login attempt, preventing cyber criminals from taking advantage of notification fatigue.

The app works by displaying a randomly generated number when you receive an MFA notification. You then need to input this number to authenticate the login attempt and prove you’re not a cybercriminal trying to access your data. The app also allows for biometric authentication, allowing you to use your face, fingerprint, or other unique physical features to prove your identity.

If you already use Microsoft Authenticator, number matching is ready to use. Make sure your app is up-to-date, and you’ll be protected.

With these security measures and others in place, you can stay ahead of cybercriminals and keep your sensitive data better protected.

Published with permission from Your Tech Updates.


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