Last week, credit bureau Equifax announced that it had suffered a major data breach affecting over 140 million Americans. Worse yet, the hack that lead to this breach had occurred nearly two months before the company made the announcement to the public. Events like this underscore the importance of tech platforms focusing on account security and correctly securing their user information. Sadly, breaches like this are not uncommon.

A few months back, AvantLink released a new login system that included a Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) process for logging into your account through a new device. The 2FA system requires a code to be entered on the login screen after it is sent to the phone number you have associated with your account. This is to ensure that it is really you who is attempting to log in. Annoying? Yes, and trust us, we’re not super fond of adding an extra step for our users to access the network. But necessary? Without a doubt, and the recent scenario with Equifax demonstrates why.

Protecting our user’s information is of the utmost importance to the network, and the 2FA login system is a critical part of that. For insight into just how prolific and common hacking attempts are across the web, take a look at this live attack attempt feed map from internet attack intelligence company Norse.

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  • Mike Hardaker

    but yet Wells Fargo and Paypal don’t use a Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) system? Is this really necessary on the network end? What data would be available to someone if they hacked into my Avantlink account? Not much aside from the last 4 numbers of my bank account right? or am I missing something much bigger.

    • Chad Waite

      Many banks use 2FA- Bank of America, Capital One, Barclays, Chase, and yes, even Wells Fargo (, just to name a few.

      True, we try not to keep as much sensitive information on the network compared to other institutions, but the ‘bigger’ picture is triggering of payments. If an unauthorized user successfully gets into your account, what is to stop them from putting in their payment info and hitting the “withdraw now” button? Sensitive info aside, I think most people would agree that protecting your commission payments is a pretty legitimate reason to want to have extra security in place.