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Phishable vs Unphishable MFA Factors

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The US government is now pushing all organizations to use phishing-resistant multi-factor authentication (MFA). And for good reason! As phishing attacks continue to grow, finding a MFA solution that is unphishable is growing in importance. 

Given the increasing complexity of phishing attacks, it can be hard to keep up with what factors are phishable and which are not. Luckily, we put together a helpful chart. The main takeaway is that anything that is stored outside the device (a password) or ever is in transit (like a text message) can be phished, whereas things that never leave the device (cryptographic keys) or your body (biometrics) can not. 

Review the table to learn what factors used in MFA will protect you from a phishing attack and what factors leave your systems and applications vulnerable.  

Phishable factors Unphishable factors
Time-based one-time passwords Biometrics
SMS text messages Cryptographic security keys
Push notifications Device-level security checks
Magic links Hardware security keys
Passwords  
Security questions  

Beyond Identity provides passwordless, unphishable MFA that not only protects you from phishing attacks but from all password-based attacks. Our MFA only uses secure, phishing-resistant factors that protects your critical data and resources from threats.

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