Take two steps to better security

To be more secure than is possible even with a “clever” password, you need to enable two-factor authentication (also known as multi-factor authentication) that uses a text message to your phone or a 3rd party app like Google Authenticator to create a second login layer. Fundamentally, this means that even if someone steals or guesses your password for a particular site they still won’t be able to login and abuse your account unless they have also stolen your phone or device on which you run Authenticator (such as an iPad or other tablet).


UPDATE: Following the “hacks” of numerous celebrity iCloud accounts and the publication of their really poor-quality selfies, Apple has finally enabled two-factor authentication for iCloud. The real lesson to learn from that debacle is not to take naked pictures of yourself on your phone or if you do, then learn how to use the focus on your device and get some decent lighting rather than using the in-camera flash. #Harsh

Here are the links to go straight to the appropriate page for instructions or to enable two-factor authentication for many of the common sites we almost all use. Obviously, you need to be logged in to access the pertinent settings page:

Google: http://accounts.google.com/SmsAuthConfig


Apple: https://appleid.apple.com/ UPDATE: Now includes iCloud

FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=security



Evernote: https://www.evernote.com/secure/SecuritySettings.action

PayPal: https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_security-key

Microsoft: https://account.live.com/Proofs/Manage

Yahoo: https://edit.yahoo.com/commchannel/sec_chal_manage

Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/settings/security-v2

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This item first published Dec 10, 2013 @ 15:47