Last week I listed out a few ways to protect yourself from identity theft. One of those was to enable two-factor authentication on your accounts. But what exactly is it?Here’s a quick video that explains what it is and how you can set it up:
Unforntunately, a password by itself, no matter how strong it is, is no longer sufficient to protect you from hackers who want to steal it. Luckily, more websites these days are offering a nifty security feature called two-factor authentication. When enabled, it can prevent hackers from taking over your account.
Here’s how it works:
When you enable two-factor authentication, the website you are logging into will require whoever is trying to log into your account to enter a code that is sent to your mobile device in addition to your password. This way, if a hacker has your password, they still won’t be able to login unless they also have your mobile device.
Here’s how to enable it for your account:
First, login into whichever website you would like to enable two-factor authentication for.
Next, navigate to your account settings. Look for the security settings and see if there is anything that says two-factor authentication (2FA), third party authenticator, or something similar. Depending on the website, you may be required to enter your phone number so that the login code can be texted to you whenever someone tries to log in. If this is the case for your account, just follow the steps to enter and verify your mobile number. Better yet, if there’s an option to use a third-party authenticator app like Google Authenticator or Authy, use it. It’s more secure than receiving the login code by text message.
Before enabling this option, you should download the Google Authenticator or Authy app. Once it’s installed, go back to your account settings and enable dual factor authentication then just follow the instructions to enable it for your account. That’s it! Now, your account is secure.One last thing, if you’d like to know if your login information has been exposed in a hack or security breach, you can a free scan at LoginAlarm.com. Check it out!