The Importance of Two-Factor Authentication for Secure Cloud-Based File Sharing

Two-factor authentication, multifactor authentication, or simply an authentication failsafe, whatever you call it, they’re built to protect users on the internet from bad actors and weak passwords. Cloud-based sharing, for too long has had lax security measures once the file leaves your storage, two-factor authentication is one of the best ways to mitigate risk after you press send.

What is 2FA?

Two-factor authentication (2FA) is a method of verifying the identity of a user or recipient. In the case of social media or an email account, we will use a code generated by a server sent to a secondary device. We are all familiar with checking a text message to finally gain access to a long-forgotten Facebook account.

Two-factor authentication has been around since the 90s. In the 90s there were incredibly niche 2FA solutions, one of the more common niche methods involved a keychain running a simple algorithm, which would act as a time-sensitive password to further authenticate a person’s credentials in a time when the Internet and cell phone were more sparse.

Around 2016, President Obama and many others raised cybersecurity concerns. “Passwords are not enough” was the rallying cry of the year. Many tech companies saw this and took action. Using 2FA for identity authentication in everyday scenarios and offering additional security to the layperson created a digital environment that was more secure for all.

How 2FA Works With File Sharing

How can we add multifactor authentication to file-sharing? The methods used for account authentication would be cumbersome and invasive, but there are simple solutions that AXEL has implemented. 

By offering customizable passwords, we are able to create an authentication system that works for everyone in the world. The simplicity of link-based shares can create a security risk. For highly sensitive files, creating a custom password and sharing it only with an authorized recipient effectively eliminates the possibility of unauthorized access. Combining this with end-to-end encryption, decentralized servers, and blockchain-backed security? A game-changing security solution.

Join AXEL Go 

 AXEL Go uses two-factor authorization to protect your files from mishandled links. We use cutting-edge technology to decentralize your information and your data is never sold to a third party. 

We simplify security by streamlining it and using only premium security solutions. 

Try AXEL Go for free today to see how you can revolutionize your security and privacy at the click of a button.


Fremery, Rose de. “The Evolution of Multi-Factor Authentication.” The LastPass Blog, December 14, 2021.

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