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Enable two-factor authentication (2FA) on all your important online accounts

2FA adds an extra wall of protection alongside your password and username. Two-factor authentication (2FA) works by providing you with an exclusive code that you must enter along with your credentials. This prevents unauthorized access, even if your password is compromised. Enable 2FA on all your accounts — particularly those that hold sensitive data.

Enable two-factor authentication on your Google Account

Do you use Gmail? If the answer is yes, then it is highly recommended to establish two-factor authentication. This additional layer of security ensures that a purloined password alone will not grant an intruder access to your account. You have the option to confirm every new login attempt via an SMS or, for a more […]

When using 2FA or MFA, use app-based authentication when possible

Two-factor authentication (2FA) and multi-factor authentication (MFA) are excellent ways to help protect your online accounts, but they’re not 100% secure. If they know you’re requesting a secondary code, a savvy cybercriminal can potentially intercept and read the associated text message, gaining access to the code and your account. Whenever possible, use app-based authentication with […]

Double-check two-factor authentication before switching your phone number

If you switch your phone number, make sure to update any two-factor authentication (2FA) services you use. As many 2FA processes are based on the phone number, you won’t be able to access your accounts after the number is changed. It’s recommended to use an authenticator app or a trusted device for your 2FA needs, […]

Use two-factor authentication

Two-factor authentication adds an extra step to logging in after you enter a password. This usually involves entering a code sent via text message or email to complete the login process. Sometimes, an app such as Google Authenticator is used. The benefit of this is that even if someone has your password, they won’t be […]

Use multi-factor authentication on all your accounts

Recently some video games began offering rewards to customers who set up multi-factor authentication on their accounts. Best practice is to use this extra layer of protection on any service that provides it. This way, you’ll be safe even if someone gains access to your password and username.