Are Your Accounts Secured with Two-Factor Authentication?

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Are Your Accounts Secured with Two-Factor Authentication?

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Have You Taken the Steps to Fully Secure Your Accounts?

Surely, you have heard the many warnings from security organizations, as well as perhaps family and friends about using two-factor authentication to secure your digital accounts.  Quite simply, when you access accounts such as Facebook, Twitter, and your bank accounts, not only do you need a password, but also a randomly generated code that is unique to you for that session.  The best way to achieve this is to use an authentication application, typically running on a device that you will always have access to such as your mobile phone or tablet.  Never fear, without this code and your password together, access to your account should be limited to you, since I would hope you are not sharing your password.

It works quite well and I have been using this process for many years.  Since I typically have my mobile phone within reach, I am always able to connect to my digital accounts.  Even when I am using another computer, combined with my password vault, which oh, by the way, is protected with two-factor authentication, I can access critically needed information.

You are likely to have experienced this process, as an example, when you’ve changed your password on your banking application.  The system sends you a text message with a code that is required to complete the change.  This is only problematic when someone hijacks your smartphone’s SIM since the hijacker can redirect notifications.  Again, they must have your password to complete any transactions, so keep them safe and secure.  Password vaults allow you to have very secure passwords that are much more difficult to guess, so consider using one as well.

Fortunately, authentication apps aren’t nearly as vulnerable to hacking and are one of the most secure ways to do two-factor authentication.  Many of the applications that you likely use today already have provisions to support 2FA natively.  So, the question becomes, which one do I use.

The Google and Microsoft ecosystems offer their versions of an authentication app and are the most popular.  Some password manager also provides this function within their apps.  Rather than go into the details, this Wired Magazine article by Brian Barrett reviews some of the best solutions, as well as outline how you can get started.  I would strongly recommend that you read it carefully and get started protecting your digital accounts.

I cannot say enough the peace of mind gained by knowing your digital information is fully protected and accessible only by you.  You may find it a bit cumbersome at first, but the adding step to access will certainly give you comfort that everything is protected.

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