What is Two-Factor Authentication?

Modified on Thu, 08 Sep 2022 at 01:30 AM

Two-Factor Authentication, or 2FA, is an extra layer of security to protect online accounts from unauthorised access.  It does this by requiring an additional piece of information immediately following a successful login, usually:

  • Something you know, e.g. a password
  • Something you have, e.g. a physical object
  • Something you are, e.g. a fingerprint

ATEB have introduced 2FA to the Suitability Application via the 'Something you know' and the 'Something you have' method.  

This means that once there has been a successful login using the existing username and password details (something you know), there will be a request for a code number to be input before the account can be accessed.  This code is generated using an external authentication app on a smartphone or mobile device (something you have).  The code is automatically refreshed every 30 seconds and cannot be used outside that time limit.

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