Two-Factor Authentication for Web Applications
Penetration of internet in each & every corner of the world along with the availability of useful and productive web application and service is not less than a blessing for a mankind. However, this blessing may soon turn into bane, if the lone passwords are consistently considered for securing and protecting the web accounts. Web or online accounts are stored with user’s personal and confidential data & information. Passwords are no longer competent to secure and protect organization or user’s online account information and data.
Anonymous online database explored, with the repository of more than 560 million login credentials including email addresses and stolen passwords
Given headlines are some of the frequent news, we often come across in our daily schedule. With the soaring incidents of cyber-attack, Passwords have consistently proven to be Achilles heel in securing and protecting online data & information.
On the account of vulnerabilities associated with the passwords in securing their user’s web accounts, most of the organizations have started plumping for multi-factor authentication, generally the two-factor authentication.
2FA — Remedy to overcome password vulnerabilities
Instead of making passwords stronger or resetting them regularly, a second & a strong layer of authentication check may be added to existing password based security.
2FA does not evaluates the user’s credibility, solely based on “what a user knows”, but with the combination of “what a user knows” + “what does a user have”.
This ensures that even if an attacker or a malicious user somehow managed to bypass initial password based authentication, he/she needs to authenticate his/her identity in the second authentication check via security tokens.
Why 2FA is important and mandatory for website and web application security?
Website & web applications are most prone to cyber-attacks as these can be easily accessed by any of the user, irrespective geographical location and time zone, and using multiple devices. Securing user’s information and data must be the top priority for any of the organization.
Two-factor authentication involves dual authentication check of login’s credibility to ensure access to web application and services by the authorized user only. 2FA encapsulates password based login as initial authentication check and thereafter, security tokens based secondary authentication check to grant access to user. This will filter out and restrict/block attackers and malicious users to access 2FA protected websites and web applications.
As such, 2FA may be seen as the most reliable and trusted measure to avert and block attacks that may result into data theft and compromises.
Will the implementation of 2FA, affect the website’s performance?
Absolutely not. 2FA has nothing to do with the features, functionalities, memory usage and similar elements. 2FA will just be giving an additional & external protection to your website’s user accounts through security token based authentication.
There are quite a good number of two-factor authentication solutions available in the market like REVE Secure that enumerates multiple and flexible options for the users to authenticate themselves, in a much easy and convenient manner.
- Software tokens via OTPs received on mobile.
- Hardware tokens via security code received on physical devices like Yubico.
- Push authentication
Overall, it is pertinent to mention here that 2FA should be seen as an indispensable part of a website or a web application to secure and protect user’s login and access in order to build and establish trust and confidence of user in accessing and using your website or web applications