A little additional work for a BIG jump in online security – SIGN ME UP!
2-Step Login is also known as 2-Step Authentication and is a method of requiring not only your password – which might be easily compromised today – but also the presence of your mobile phone to receive a security pin – to successfully log into a website that you have not logged into recently.
Though a bit wordy, it means that once you log into Facebook (or other site) with your password, if you have not logged in from that computer browser/device recently, Facebook (or other site) will send a verification SMS message to your mobile phone that contains a short security pin number for you to enter to get into the website.
While it sounds like a lot of work – it’s really not bad – and the reason it’s useful is that someone might steal your passwords but it’s rare they have your passwords AND your (active) mobile phone!
It really cuts down on the amount of mischief that a bad person can get into.
Each website has the enable option in a different place, so I’ve put together a blog post for the individual sites:
- 2 Step Authentication for Google
- 2 Step Authentication for Facebook
- 2 Step Authentication for Evernote
- 2 Step Authentication for LinkedIn
- 2 Step Authentication for Apple
- 2 Step Authentication for Dropbox
- 2 Step Authentication for Twitter
Note: Google’s 2-step login is the most time consuming of the bunch to set up. You might want to start with setting up FB first.
2-step logins, combined with strong password management (check out LastPass), help you create a well defended fort around your precious information. (And it also helps protect the data of your friends, colleagues and associates whose info is in your friend/contact list.)
Have you enabled 2-step login?
~ Kim ~
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