Multi-factor authentication has more than likely become the new “buzz” word around your company’s IT department. If you’re not familiar with the term, MFA, it’s “a security system that requires more than one method of authentication from independent categories of credentials to verify the user's identity for a login or other transaction” (via Search Security). Although it’s not exactly a “new” practice, it is fast becoming the preferred method for protecting your wireless world from hackers and nefarious data stealers -- second only to passwords.
As a content creator, protecting your work is likely top priority. Finding secure tools to store or send your content should be equally high on your to-do list. In your search, consider tools that have multi-factor authentication baked in. For example, MediaSilo offers MFA that requires a user to enter a code generated from a 3rd party authentication app the first time they log into their account on a new device. This extra step can ward off people trying to log into an account from an unauthorized computer or mobile phone in order to access your rough cuts or pre-release content. Although MFA requires a secondary step to access your content, it can be invaluable in keeping it out of the wrong hands. The few extra seconds required could mean the difference between a leak of information and a seamless, safe post-production process.
So don’t sleep on MFA. It’s not exactly SEXY but it’s definitely effective.
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