Given the rapid increase in data breaches, most likely some of your account passwords have already been stolen. Two-factor authentication (2FA) can help mitigate the risks associated with stolen credentials and yet not many people use 2FA. Now might be the time to take the plunge and start using 2FA.
Just about any account you own on the internet is prone to being hacked — and one of the easiest ways to add an extra layer of security is to enable two-factor authentication. Also known as two-step verification or 2FA, the process gives web services a secondary access to the account owner (you!) in order to verify a login attempt. Typically, this involves phone number and / or an email address. While 2FA doesn’t totally cloak you from potential hackers, it is an important step in preventing your account from being accessed by unauthorized users. Here’s how to enable 2FA on your accounts across the web.