Two Factor Security Is Important

Posted on October 14th, 2014 by Jason Shindler

By Jason Shindler
A device that is used to do two factor authentication. Most Web sites send the code via text message, email, or app nowadays.

A device that is used to do two factor authentication. Most Web sites send the code via text message, email, or app nowadays.

2014’s Time Person of the Year could very well be the anonymous hacker. After all, this year hackers have compromised private information from Snapchat, Yahoo, Dropbox, Apple, Microsoft Windows among many others. They’ve also compromised credit card data at Chase, Home Depot, Target, and many others. There have also been serious bugs found in Linux, which is the most popular operating system for servers.

Unfortunately, there is no one antidote for all of this. But there is a lesson — 2014 has taught us that companies and individuals need to do a better job securing data and to be more judicious about what we store on online systems.

One way we can all do this is to take advantage of two factor authentication. The idea is that in order to sign into a service for the first time from a device, you need a password and then something else. The “something else” is often a code that is sent via text message or app.  That way, if someone gets your password, that isn’t enough for them to get into your account. Here’s a list of popular services, and how you can enable this important service:

Two Factor won’t fix Internet Security, but it is a prudent step that should help.

 

 

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