Computer Security

2 Factor Authentication – Why You Should Turn It On

2 factor authentication is where you will give a company your mobile phone number so that they can issue you with a code that you enter to access their service on your computer , tablet or smartphone.

Passwords are great , but 2 factor authentication means that they know it is you.

Google’s spam guru, Matt Cutts, put it best: two-factor authentication is a simple feature that asks for more than just your password. It requires both “something you know” (like a password) and “something you have” (like your phone). After you enter your password, you’ll get a second code sent to your phone, and only after you enter it will you get into your account. Think of it as entering a PIN number, then getting a retina scan, like you see in every spy movie ever made. It’s a lot more secure than a password (which is very hackable), and keeps unwanted snoopers out of your online accounts.

— http://lifehacker.com/5938565/heres-everywhere-you-should-enable-two-factor-authentication-right-now

So where are some of the sites and services that you can turn it on:

  • Google
  • Microsoft
  • Apple
  • Facebook
  • Dropbox
  • Evernote 

Activate it , turn it on and use it 

More information can be found at this CNET Article 

 

 

Richard Pascoe is a technology consultant & technology commentator for the media on FIVEaa , ABC Adelaide , PowerFM , 5MU , 7AD and 7BU and has been seen on the Channel 7 news , Channel 9 News , Channel 10 news and Today Tonight . Richard gives his opinions on Microsoft , Google , Apple and deals with personal computers , smartphones and tablets.

2 comments on “2 Factor Authentication – Why You Should Turn It On

  1. richard abbott

    People need to be careful when entering mobile number and should include international code. I got caught as notification went to a number in the country of origin. Took a week to straighten out with FB .

  2. richard abbott

    People need to be careful when entering mobile number and should include international code. I got caught as notification went to a number in the country of origin. Took a week to straighten out with FB .

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