One of the best ways for individuals and businesses to protect themselves online is through multi-factor authentication (MFA). MFA offers an additional layer of protection to help prevent unauthorized individuals from gaining access to systems or data.
In fall 2021, Amazon Web Services (AWS) Security began offering a free MFA security key to AWS account owners in the United States. I’m happy to announce that eligible customers can now order the free security key through the ordering portal in the AWS Management Console. In response to customer demand, we’ve streamlined the ordering process, especially for linked accounts. At this time, only U.S.-based AWS account root users who have spent more than $100 each month over the past 3 months are eligible to place an order.
To order your free security key
- Confirm your eligibility at the ordering portal. You will be prompted to sign in if you haven’t already.
- Choose your free security key from the available options.
- Provide your email address for order confirmation and your shipping address.
- Place your order.
You can connect the security key to AWS, as well as other security key–enabled applications, such as Dropbox, GitHub, and Gmail. If your organization is still early in adopting MFA, the free security key is another way to help protect your AWS account credentials, as well as to jump start your MFA journey by showing how convenient modern security keys are to use. As you expand your AWS usage, all your users should obtain and enable MFA. This can be done at the AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) user level in the AWS identity system or upstream in your federated identity provider, since using federated identities is a best practice.
We encourage everyone to use MFA to help protect themselves online. Although some applications do not yet support security keys, nearly all provide an MFA option, such as time-based password codes or mobile push notifications. So, whether you’re signing in to your AWS account, your favorite social networks, or your bank account, MFA can help level-up your security posture.
If you’re not eligible for a free security key but would still like a security key, check out our MFA recommendations, which are available for purchase from many sellers, including Amazon. For more information about the MFA program, see our Free MFA Security Key page.
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