As data breaches are increasing and thieves are finding more ways to hack into systems and accounts, it is more important than ever to take necessary steps to protect yourself.
One way to prevent unauthorized access is to create complex passwords that include multiple characters, numbers, and symbols.
Furthermore, some systems and applications are now allowing you to set up two-factor authentication to prevent unauthorized access to your account.
Two-step authentication will better protect you by requiring a second piece of information, after you have entered your password into their system. Two-factor authentication is made up of a memorized password (the knowledge
factor) and a second piece of information that you have (the possession factor). A popular two-step authentication is a real-time text message with a unique code that is only sent to the owner of the phone and account. You are extra secure if you have a passcode for your phone too!
Although it may seem tedious to access your account with two-steps, it’s better than having your account hijacked or breached!
Mario Aguilar has provided a list of popular providers who currently have two-factor authentication implemented into their systems. Some of these companies include: Apple, Yahoo!, Dropbox, Google, PayPal, banks and more. Click here for more information on two-factor authentication and how to step it up on accounts.