Hackers Have Your Passwords: A Two-Factor Authentication Guide

With the number of data breaches that have occurred, hackers almost certainly have your password. If they don’t you are now more likely than ever to become the victim of a phishing attack. What’s standing between the hackers and your data? Hopefully, it’s two-factor authentication.

Two-factor authentication (2FA) is an additional step that verifies your identity. You’ve encountered it any time you’ve entered you email/username and password but couldn’t log in until you entered another code. This code typically gets sent as a text message, but some systems are setup to send the code to email. There are also apps that provide two-factor authentication codes after syncing the app with the platform. The 2FA apps are almost always more secure, but can be less convenient. Two-factor authentication that involves email can be convenient but is less secure. A good compromise for 2FA is getting a code via SMS text message on your phone.

Important Tip:

If you lose your mobile device or change your phone number, you may have a very difficult time gaining access to two-factor authentication enabled accounts. Before upgrading to the latest model smartphone or switching carriers, be sure to disable 2FA.

Is Your Organization Using Two-Factor Authentication?

Take the next step with a free evaluation of your organization’s information security policies and procedures.

We recommend setting up two-factor authentication with all of your online accounts that offer it.

Use the links below to get started:

Google: https://www.google.com/landing/2step/

Twitter: https://help.twitter.com/en/managing-your-account/two-factor-authentication

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/help/148233965247823

Facebook (Business Page): https://www.facebook.com/business/help/280940009201586?id=199156230960298

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=GE6SLZ5J9GCNRW44

Instagram: https://help.instagram.com/566810106808145

Apple: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204915

Dropbox: https://help.dropbox.com/teams-admins/team-member/enable-two-step-verification

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/help/linkedin/answer/544/turn-two-step-verification-on-and-off?lang=en

Microsoft: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/account-billing/how-to-use-two-step-verification-with-your-microsoft-account-c7910146-672f-01e9-50a0-93b4585e7eb4

Samsung: https://account.samsung.com/membership/guide/2step/gate

PayPal: https://www.paypal.com/us/smarthelp/article/faq4057

Reddit: https://www.reddithelp.com/hc/en-us/articles/360043470031

Zoom: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/360038247071-Setting-up-and-using-two-factor-authentication-2FA-

Square: https://squareup.com/help/us/en/article/5593-2-step-verification

WhatsApp: https://faq.whatsapp.com/general/verification/how-to-manage-two-step-verification-settings/

Yahoo: https://help.yahoo.com/kb/SLN5013.html

Aol: https://help.aol.com/articles/2-step-verification-stronger-than-your-password-alone

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

We send out new articles every week. They'll help keep you informed about important information security topics and news.