2-factor authentication is one of the best ways you can secure your email, website and even your Microsoft RDP connections. If you’re like me then you appreciate security when it comes to your private data.
What is 2-factor authentication?
2-factor authentication is a method in which you’re to enter a constantly changing passcode after you successfully enter your user name and password. This passcode is retrieved by text, phone call or smart phone app.
Why do I need 2-factor authentication?
Have you ever tried to log in to your bank account or paypal and forgot your password? Did you click on the button that says “Forgot Password”? At this point it sends you your password or a method to change it to your email account. It is because of this vulnerability that I recommend beefing up the security on your email account. Did you know a hacker can get access to almost EVERY ACCOUNT you have associated with your email address if he gains access to just your email account? This includes accounts such as Paypal, Ebay, Bank Accounts and many more.
Are you a business that uses remote desktop on a server or workstation? How would you like to have an intruder gain access to your office data?
Do you check your email accounts on public PC’s (such as libraries or at school)? I know you’ve had the browser ask you to remember your password once or twice. People accidently click yes all the time and don’t know how to clear that saved password. Or maybe someone was looking over your shoulder?
Whatever the case, 2-factor authentication nearly eliminates the issue of unauthorized access to protected accounts.
How does 2-factor authentication work?
After you type in your correct username and password another dialog will ask you to enter a passcode. This passcode changes constantly. Your smart phone becomes the method of retrieving this passcode. The 2-factor authentication service will text, call or generate the code on an app for you. Anyone without your phone will not be able to access your account.
Some people use the same password for everything. If anyone discovers the password you are still protected because they wont have access to your phone in your pocket. Because the passcodes change every minute or two, you don’t have to worry about someone discovering your passcodes.
How do I set up 2-factor authentication?
Many email providers such as gmail offer a method to turn it on. Google has an app called Google Authenticator and offers a texting option, too.
Tutorial from Gmail Click Here – Authenticator APP for Android
If you’re serious about setting this up I recommend Duo Security. They support almost every account I use (Gmail, Mailchimp, Microsoft RDP, WordPress and hundreds of others).
Duo Security is free for personal use. They also offer great tutorials on their website.
I really hope this article helps you to secure your digital accounts. If you have questions or need help setting this up please feel free to leave a reply below.