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Use Two Factor Authentication

Tip Author: 
Matthew McCoy
Tip Order: 
9
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These days the major internet companies offer you the option of using "multi-factor" or "two-factor authentication as an option you can turn on.  It's a good idea.  Here's how it works: to log in to a website that uses multi-factor authentication, you have to know your password, plus you also have to have some kind of extra validation step.  For example, some sites will send a text mesage to the mobile phone on your account, checking to see if it's really you. Others use a dedicated keyfob that fits on your keyring and feeds you long random numbers to use with your password.  The extra validation changes frequently, so it's like changing your password every 2 minutes - but much easier.

Tip Theme: 
Making Passwords Work Well
Tip Confidence: 
1

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