This quarter, Xero has held back on presenting too many new features in lieu of introducing Multi Step Authentication (MSA). This is Xero’s version of a multi-factor authentication (MFA) process. 

MFA processes have been introduced to protect consumers’ personal and financial data from hackers by adding an extra layer of security. 80% of data breaches can be prevented by using MFA processes. 

What does an MFA process mean for you? You’ll be required to log in to a website using two or more factors of identification, such as a password and answering a question only you would know the answer to. In Xero’s case, you’ll enter your username and password and then confirm your identity via a notification on your phone. This means that even if a hacker has got your password, they will not be able to log in to Xero because they cannot access your phone. 

You may have noticed when logging into Xero recently that you have been asked to set up MSA. To be sure you can log in quickly and avoid any interruption to your day, we suggest you spend five minutes setting MFA up now. To get set up, either follow the instructions on screen or get in touch with your Client Manager.