In my last article, I explained how you can easily manage your passwords anywhere using any device through your Google account. That means when someone has your Google account password, they have almost your password, right? Yes, this is one of the setbacks using Google Smart Password. This can be prevented using Two-factor authentication even exception of your Google account, there are some other widely used services that provide this feature for free e.g Almost all major email provider, WhatsApp, etc

What is 2FA?

2FA is the short form of two-factor authentication which is a method of verifying a user’s if they truly have access they are trying to access by utilizing a combination of two different components mostly the combination of password and code sent to SMS or email which is mostly valid for one-time use and expires within few minutes.

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Two-factor Authentication
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Why Use 2FA?

[icon name=”dot-circle-o” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Generated codes aren’t static. That means it’s valid for just one use.

[icon name=”dot-circle-o” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Your account can’t be accessed witthout your knowledge.

[icon name=”dot-circle-o” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] It doesn’t require any additional skill for setup as long as you can operate computer.

[icon name=”dot-circle-o” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Most services that has 2FA integrated has number of codes that can be inputted per IP before the IP is finally locked out. This will prevent from brute force attacks.

[icon name=”dot-circle-o” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] If you use one password on more than a site then 2FA will keep you safe.

Setbacks of 2FA?

[icon name=”dot-circle-o” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] User must have constant access to mobile so as to get the tokens when they arrive.

[icon name=”dot-circle-o” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Extra assistance might be needed when the need to deactivate arises.

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Common Service with 2FA

[icon name=”google” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] To set up 2FA for your Google Account, click here.

[icon name=”whatsapp” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Launch WhatsApp then, go to Settings, click on Account then Two-step Verification.

[icon name=”yahoo” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Yahoo account, click here.

[icon name=”facebook-square” class=”” unprefixed_class=””]
  1. Go to your Security and Login Settings by clicking  in the top-right corner of Facebook and clicking Settings > Security and Login.
  2. Scroll down to Use two-factor authentication and click Edit
  3. Choose the authentication method you want to add and follow the on-screen instructions
  4. Click Enable once you’ve selected and turned on an authentication method

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