As of the 1st June 2021 Xero's Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) will be mandatory for the majority of Xero users.
Hacking, phishing or other cyber attacks are frightening and can jeopardise a business if someone gains access. The good news is that many data breaches can be prevented with simple actions, such as using multi-factor authentication (MFA). This year, all Xero users will need to set up and use MFA to log in to Xero – it puts an extra bolt on the door to keep your data secure.
To make MFA easy, you can choose to use the new Xero Verify app that authenticates your Xero account.
How to set up MFA
- Have your smartphone on hand and make sure you’ve downloaded Xero Verify from the Apple or Google app store, or your authentication app of choice
- If you don’t have access to a smartphone, you can use Authy, a desktop authenticator
- Log in to Xero from a laptop or desktop computer and follow the instructions on the screen
Xero Verify will send a push notification to your mobile device when you log in for a fast, easy and secure way to authenticate (the app also generates codes in case you don’t have internet access). If you don’t have access to a smartphone, you can use Authy, a desktop authenticator.
Setup only takes about five minutes and gives you the convenience of a simple login process plus the peace of mind that goes with a second layer of security.
Who doesn't need to use MFA
Users who don’t need to log in to Xero, like payroll employees and those who use the Xero portal and Ask portal, won’t need to set up MFA.
Find out more
To find out more check out videos, FAQs and more by visiting the MFA web page.
If you need some help click here, or please don't hesitate to get in contact with us, we are happy to help!