Protect Yourself Against Hackers: Two-Factor Authentication

Many people are nervous nowadays about hackers. Slate.com ran a story recently discussing Matt Honan’s, a writer for Wired Magazine, experiences with being hacked. In August, Honan’s Apple account was hacked, and all of the data on his iPhone, iPad, and Macbook was deleted. Moreover, the hacker deleted his Google account and hijacked his Twitter account, using it to post racist and obscene remarks. Something this story puts into sharp focus is the fact that anyone can get hacked.

However, the story also supplied some good news: There are steps that consumers might take to make it much less likely that they’ll suffer Honan’s fate. And it all starts with two-factor authentication.

Two-factor authentication

You can use two-factor authentication to better protect your accounts from hackers. With two-factor authentication Google provides you with a code that you must type in addition to your password. It can mean the difference between your accounts being safe or your accounts being exposed to hackers.

How it works

Two-factor authentication has been enabled for all Google accounts. You are able to download the app for your smartphone or mobile device. When you log into your account you’ll type both your password and the code that Google has given you.

You are able to use Google’s two-factor authentication system without a smartphone also. Just log into your Google account on your PC and wait for Google to text or call you to provide you with the code.

Not widely used

You can use this extra defense to protect yourself against hackers. Unfortunately, not a lot of people use it. This is mainly do to the slight hassle it is to add an extra step when logging into accounts. But when you think about it, it may be the main difference between being hacked and staying guarded.

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Posted on: 09.05.12