Facebook’s slip-ups have reminded us why everyone needs multi-factor authentication.
Facebook‘s slip-ups have given us yet another reminder of the importance of multi-factor authentication. In the last two weeks, Facebook announced not one, but two security breaches surrounding user data. The social network giant disclosed that it stored hundreds of millions of users’ passwords in plain text. The passwords, hosted on an internal database, left sensitive personal data accessible to all 20,000 Facebook employees. Shortly after this news dropped, Facebook revealed that 540 million user records were exposed to Amazon’s cloud computing service. Not only could this issue compromise your family vacation album from 2007, but a potential intruder could access all of the programs where you use your Facebook login as a means of entry. From e-commerce sites to Venmo, our Facebook login credentials go a long way.
Facebook has assured that the stored passwords were not compromised by internal or external parties. But, it serves as a hefty reminder of the significance of multi-factor authentication. While we can’t control how an organization stores our passwords, we can control the measures we take to protect our information. In this scenario, users who had MFA enabled would not be affected by the breach, even if their passwords made it into the wrong hands.
In today’s environment, both companies and their clients need to work in tandem to secure their data. In this case, Facebook should have proactively encrypted all user login information. At the same time, users should take the necessary steps, including strong passwords and MFA, to safeguard information for every website. Don’t wait for the next big breach — enable multi-factor authentication today.