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SMS codes vs. authenticator apps: What’s more secure?

For most of us, it’s become a familiar routine. You’re about to sign into an online account on a new device. It could be one of your social media profiles, a banking website, your email or something else. You enter your username and password. Then, the application prompts you to check your phone for a […]

If you sign in frequently with a Google or Facebook account, enable two factor authentication

Signing in with your Google or Facebook account can greatly speed up the sign in process for a lot of websites, or if you’re visiting for the first time, skip the sign up process entirely. It’s incredibly convenient to be able to sign in everywhere with these accounts, but also poses a security risk. Be […]

Change your passwords after a data breach notification

Strong passwords are among the best defenses against account hacking. Regularly changing them provides additional protection. If you receive a notification about a data breach affecting one of your accounts, that’s a good occasion to update all your passwords. It may be a good to also implement two-factor authentication on accounts if possible.

Use two-factor authentication on important accounts

Complicated passwords provide exceptional protection against hacking – but what if somebody intercepted them? Reduce the risk of password theft, set up two-factor authentication on sensitive accounts. This requires anyone requesting access to supply an extra credential, such as a code sent to a separate device, in order to log in.

Enable two-step verification (2SV) on your Amazon account

2SV adds an extra layer of security to your accounts, which is imperative for accounts that contain your credit card information, like Amazon. If you set your Amazon account up with 2SV (two-step verification) a hacker will need more than just your username and password to use your account. A code will be sent to […]

Secure your Twitter account with two-factor authentication

Twitter offers three options for 2FA: text message, authenticator app or security key. The latter is the most secure, since it requires a physical device plugged into a PC/Mac’s USB port. The other options are still safe enough though, especially if you primarily use Twitter on your phone or tablet.