How to set up two-factor authentication for your favorite platforms and services (free PDF)

Provided by: TechRepublic Topic: Security Format: PDF
Two-factor authentication is becoming the new standard for beefing up digital security. This ebook walks through the process of setting it up to help protect these accounts:
  • Microsoft
  • Google
  • Apple ID
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • Instagram
  • WordPress
From the ebook:

The internet should come with a warning: No matter how secure you try to make an account, someone will eventually gain access to it. I’m careful about where I go and what I do on the internet and I’ve had it happen—so I’m fairly confident most people have experienced a hacked account at least once.

Secure passwords aren’t enough anymore, especially in light of phishing attacks that are increasingly common and harder to detect. A secure account needs a second method of authenticating legitimate users and thankfully, most of the larger internet-based companies have made it simple.

Two-factor authentication is the use of a second step—usually a single-use key or password—along with a password to verify a user’s identity. For example, with Google, the second step can come as a text message, a popup on your phone, through a Google Authenticator app, or from a series of printed single-use codes.

You’re adding only a few seconds to your login time by adding two-factor authentication and you’re potentially saving yourself a huge headache.

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