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Xero enables two-factor authentication
Posted on 7-Dec-2015 13:30. | Tags Filed under: News.



Xero has released two-factor authentication, an additional layer of security for all Xero customers that helps ensure accounts are not compromised by phishing scams or malware.

“Protecting our customers’ information and business data is our number one priority,” said Paul Macpherson, Xero Head of Security. “That’s why we’ve enhanced Xero to include another layer of control that will make it significantly more difficult for anyone other than the Xero account holder to access their information.”

“Data security is an industrywide issue that everyone needs to take seriously. We regularly educate our customers on following good security practice in their business at all times.

Phishing scams that attempt to steal account names and passwords are an ongoing issue for all online and financial services, so it’s vital that businesses everywhere who use these services ensure they have strong passwords and keep their information secure.”

Two-factor authentication verifies the identity of a customer logging into the Xero dashboard by requiring them to use their existing password and a second, unique code randomly generated by the Google Authenticator app on their smartphone. The additional authentication step makes it much more difficult for unauthorised people to access their Xero account.

Individual Xero users will have the ability to enable two-factor authentication on their account when they log in to Xero. A Xero subscriber or manager will be able to see which users in their organisation have enabled two-factor authentication.

“Security is a constantlyevolving issue for the technology industry and everyone who is online,” said Macpherson. “We will continue to build in these types of system controls to give our customers as much protection as we can but we also strongly encourage all Xero users — and technology users in general — to remain vigilant about the online solutions they use.”



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