What is it? Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is a security measure that requires two or more proofs of identity to grant you access. How does it work? Multi-factor authentication typically requires a combination of something the user knows (pin, secret question), something you have (card, token) or something you are (finger print or other biometric). Businesses as well as individuals should implement MFA wherever possible. Some MFA options include, but are not limited to: Physical token Random pin Biometrics / fingerprint Authenticator app Email SMS Why? MFA offers significantly more powerful security and protection against criminals. They might manage to steal one proof of identity such as your PIN, but they still need to obtain and use the other proofs of identity to access your account. Resources To download publications and products regarding the MFA campaign, and all other campaigns to support you or your staff, visit the cyber security campaign resources page. Our practical guides Step-by-Step Guide MFA for Apple ID Learn how to set up MFA for Apple ID Step-by-Step Guide MFA for Microsoft accounts Learn how to set up MFA for Microsoft Step-by-Step Guide MFA for Gmail Learn how to set up MFA for Gmail Step-by-Step Guide MFA for Facebook Learn how to set up MFA for Facebook Step-by-Step Guide MFA for Instagram Learn how to set up MFA for Instagram Protect yourself guide Multi-factor authentication Learn more about MFA Content complexity Simple This rating relates to the complexity of the advice and information provided on the page.