If you’ve managed to corral your passwords into a password manager, you have already dramatically improved your data security. However, there’s still more you can do to ensure your information is as secure as possible. How can you do this? By utilizing Two-factor Authentication (2FA) on supported applications. Taking this extra step whenever possible is not only recommended by Trackops, but also by security experts.
Your Virtual Body Guard
Two-Factor Authentication (2FA), often referred to as Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA), is based on two basic concepts; “something you know” (like a password), and “something you have” (like a smartphone or physical token). These devices sync with your respective applications, and are used to verify access your account. Plainly put, when you log into a service protected by 2FA, you are prompted to use a one-time code to gain access. No code? No entry. Your accounts will remain inaccessible, even if someone has your username and password. No one is likely to get past your “body guard” without direct access to your phone or token.
Where Can I Use Two-Factor Authentication?
Which sites are 2FA enabled? For starters, Trackops! If you haven’t already, you can activate 2FA on your Trackops account today. In addition, many sites you already use, including your accounts with Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Twitter each have 2FA capabilities. If you aren’t sure if your online service supports 2FA, head over to Twofactorauth.org to check.
Caution Should NOT Be Thrown To The Wind
While it may seem intimidating or overly cautious at first, take into consideration that sensitive data is hacked on a daily basis. If you need a further increase of your anxiety, find out how many times your personal information has been exposed. Millions of accounts across various organizations have been susceptible to attacks, including vast amounts of information from the US government’s computer system.
Among the many versed in online security are Matt Cutts (head of Google’s spam team) and John Shier (security software developer of Sophos). Like us, they urge you to take an additional step to secure yourself online. Be vigilant, be cautious, and protect yourself and your customers.