A not-so-fair comparison!
Ever wonder how Microsoft Office 365 and Google Apps compare when it comes to enhanced security features such as two-factor authentication (2FA)? Google has had 2FA features in Google Apps since 2010. In 2012 Google went a step further and now allows companies to enforce 2FA in Google Apps.
Microsoft to date has no such feature in Office 365. Sure it is possible to integrate Office 365 with Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) to achieve the same effect, but this means additional software (and possibly hardware) to purchase and maintain for organizations who currently don’t use ADFS.
This is another example of Google’s 100% web vision, where features are designed to work securely and for a fully web-based environment. In fact, over time Google has added additional security features, such as the use of Google Authenticator in lieu of text messages.
What is two-factor authentication?
2FA is an advanced feature that accomplishes authentication using 2 factors, effectively ending the use of a password-only approach. Benefits of this Google Apps security feature include:
- Improved security – Harder for hackers to guess passwords.
- Reduce data theft – 2FA reduces the risks of phishing attacks and thus potential loss of your data.
- Improves productivity – Helping to make it easier for employees to work remotely.
Don’t take our word for it. Lets see what Bill Gates had to say about this:
There is no doubt that over time, people are going to rely less and less on passwords. People use the same password on different systems, they write them down and they just don’t meet the challenge for anything you really want to secure.- Bill Gates, co-founder
Microsoft Corporation, 2004
If you are concerned about Google Apps security, then we would strongly recommend you enable and enforce 2FA for your domain.
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