In an ever-expanding digital world, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) continues its effort to secure the systems and applications integral to ICANN Board, staff, and community members. As password attacks become more common, relying solely on passwords to protect user accounts is no longer the safest option. That's where multi-factor authentication (MFA) comes in. It serves as a safeguard for accessing ICANN Account and enhancing the security of our services.
So, what is MFA? It adds an additional verification layer to confirm that access is requested by the legitimate account holder. When using this option, before gaining access to your account, you'll be asked to verify your identity by using one of two authentication factors:
- Time-Based One-Time Password: This factor utilizes a time-sensitive, one-time password for authentication. It provides a short-lived code from something you know (your password) and something you have (your authentication device, e.g., phone).
- Voice Call: When using this authentication factor, you will receive an automated phone call to verify your identity. During the call, you will be provided a five-digit code, which you will be prompted to enter when logging into your ICANN Account.