It’s Time To Enable Two-Step Authentication
Recently more and more tech news headlines write about account hacking, stolen passwords, sensitive data leakage. Just using a strong password is not enough nowadays. If you’re not worried about the security of your accounts, you’re ignoring a serious threat that’s confirmed by a neverending deluge of security breaches. Two-step authentication is one of the best ways to prevent unauthorized access to your accounts, even if somebody manages to steal your password.
Two-step, or two-factor authentication protects your accounts by requiring you to provide an additional piece of information after you give your password to get into your account. In the most common implementation, after correctly entering your password, an online service will send you a text message with a unique string of numbers that you’ll need to punch in to get access to your account.
The idea is that you’re drastically more secure if somebody needs both your password and the physical phone to get access to your accounts. Add a passcode to your phone, and you’re safeguarded against someone stealing both.
Indeed it is not perfect, but it’s way better than just irrationally hoping nobody ever gets a hold of your password.