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Most modern tech users are all likely familiar with Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). Many would consider this security enhancement to be absolutely essential to protecting one’s online accounts. However, some forms of MFA are more secure than others. SMS and voice MFA mechanisms tend to be some of the most vulnerable options. Alex Weinert, a Partner Director of Identity Security at Microsoft, recently outlined several arguments in favor of abandoning SMS and voice MFA. SMS and voice MFA are based on publicly switched telephone networks (PSTN) or all the switched telephone networks throughout the globe. PSTNs are vulnerable to nearly every common exploit that other authenticators would... Read more...
Microsoft has been on a big services push under Satya Nadella’s helm, which means that its customers are becoming increasingly reliant on its cloud platforms. However, this over-reliance on the cloud also means that business customers can be left in a lurch any time that Microsoft experiences an outage. Customers are feeling the effects hard today, as multi-factor authentication (MFA) for multiple Microsoft products is currently experiencing an outage. Affected products include Office 365 and Microsoft Azure, with customers unable to login to either service with MFA. The login issue is occurring because users are not receiving authentication requests via SMS messages or via a phone call... Read more...