“Companies spend millions of dollars on firewalls, encryption and secure access devices, and it’s money wasted; none of these measures address the weakest link in the security chain.” - Kevin Mitnick, "The World's Most Famous Hacker"
Today we are going to be talking about two-factor authorization for your online accounts.
When you walk up to the ATM at your bank to withdraw money you need to possess two items. Your debit card (which you physically possess) and your PIN number (which you have in memory). This process is called two-factor authentication and it is meant to be an added level of security for your bank account. Without one of the two items, you will be unable to successfully access your account and the funds within it.
This is the same for your online accounts. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Emails, etc. all offer two-factor authentication. Two-factor authentication for your online accounts is a great way for you to easily protect yourself and your information against hackers. It requires that you know your password and have access to a physical device, such as a cell phone, to enter a code that is texted to you from the service. This stops hackers in their tracks because although they may be able to get into your account by knowing or guessing your password, they will never be able to access your account because they do not have access to your physical device.
Two-factor authentication is an extremely strong defense mechanism against being hacked and it should be enabled on all of your online accounts. To enable this feature, go to settings for the desired account and there should be an option to enable two-factor authentication.
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