Artists and tech experts alike should be aware of MFA (multi-factor authentication). Well, the tech experts likely already have an idea of what it is, but what about the artists? You may have multi-factor login turned on for your bank account as a security precaution. After you type in your password, you may also have to type in a code texted to your smartphone. Or, instead of a code, you may have to speak a sentence to your voice recognition software. Perhaps you may prefer to scan your fingerprint instead, or would rather plug a USB key into your computer. There are more ways being developed right now! Artists, which one appeals to you the most?
These password security precautions are to make sure your account stays in your hands, and doesn’t fall into the hands of hackers or scammers. Artists, you’ve worked hard on your projects, just as hard as the IT experts work to build these security measures. It would be a shame to lose your hard-earned money just because you want the ease of only using one password. Honestly speaking, passwords aren’t very secure, even if you do change them frequently. So is MFA (multi-factor authentication) really the answer?
Humans are generally like quantum fields: they want to exist while using the least energy possible. They don’t want to go searching around the house for a lost phone, or even get up and cross the room to get a microphone. They’d rather find some way to procrastinate doing that. Sometimes the texted password times out before the phone is found. The USB key is left under a hefty folder. Or perhaps the webpage timed out, so it reloads.... and the poor user has to type in their username and password all over again. These mundane problems using MFA (multi-factor authentication) wreak havoc on the absentminded artist.
On the flip side, hacked passwords have resulted in stolen accounts, virus-infested computers, lost money, and sunken reputations. Losing all of these at once can be pretty detrimental to an artist’s networking, trustworthiness, and portfolio. So, as frustrating as finding your phone is, it’s important to keep all your important accounts safe. I challenge you to make sure your phone number is typed correctly in the MFA (multi-factor authentication) settings, then give it a test run for a week. Multi-factor authentication is (overall) a helpful tool which prevents security breaches and data loss.
And I’m willing to bet Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts uses it too.
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