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Two-factor Authentication vs. Multifactor Authentication

Understand the differences between the authentication methods offered by LastPass.

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Why MFA matters

Single-factor authentication, where you need only a username and password to verify your identity to log in, isn't secure enough. Weak passwords result in 80% of data breaches, leaving people vulnerable to phishing attempts and brute force hacks.

Don't take your chances online anymore. You can strengthen your cybersecurity practices by enabling additional factors of authentication prior to approving a login, like two-factor authentication (2FA) and multifactor authentication (MFA).

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How 2FA compares to MFA

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Two-factor Authentication

A second factor of authentication upon inputting your username and password, prior to granting access, like: mobile phone push-notification, SMS message, one-time password.

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Multifactor Authentication

Improve access control and go beyond 2FA with an additional factor of authentication – biometric and/or contextual – to verify a user's identity prior to granting access.

Why MFA is right for you?

Want to improve your security? LastPass multifactor authentication helps. And it's built for everyone.

  • Small businesses can increase security without affecting end users.
  • Enterprise businesses can improve their identity and access management practices while streamlining their user experience.
  • Premium users can protect themselves against brute force cyber attacks by requiring additional factors prior to login.

Along with requiring a username and a 2FA factor, MFA requires additional factors of authentication, including:

  • Biometric factors – fingerprint scan, retina scan, facial recognition
  • Location-based factors
  • Time-based factors
Learn more about MFA
2FA MFA
SMS message
2FA
yes
MFA
yes
Mobile push notification
2FA
yes
MFA
yes
One-time password
2FA
yes
MFA
yes
Fingerprint scan
2FA
no
MFA
yes
Face identification
2FA
no
MFA
yes
Location-based factors
2FA
no
MFA
yes

Improve security with an additional factor of authentication

Whether you're a LastPass Personal or Business user, you can implement an MFA solution to make user authentication even more secure – all without complicating the user experience.