Three Reasons You Shouldn’t Turn Off Two-Factor Authentication
If you’ve ever logged into one of your social media accounts from an unknown computer, you’ve probably had to go through a two-factor authentication process. With this process, you use something to prove that you’re truly the person who owns the account, usually by inputting a code that the account texts to the phone number on file. Usually, accounts give you the option as to whether you’ll keep that authentication process.
Many people turn it off because they see two-factor authentication as an unnecessary hassle, especially if they’re frequently logging in and out of their accounts. However, two-factor authentication, especially if it’s done securely, is actually a great way to keep your accounts safe. Here are three simple reasons why you shouldn’t turn off the two-factor authentication process on your accounts.
It Makes It Harder for Less-determined Hackers
If someone is trying to hack your account, especially if you’re not a public figure or celebrity, he or she is looking for an easy in. That’s why using one of the most popular passwords makes you more likely to be hacked. When you use two-factor authentication, even with less secure authentication methods such as SMS, the hacker has to find a way to not only guess your password, but also access your authentication method.
If the hacker is a jaded ex, a suspicious partner, or just a hacker who’s looking for some easy money, the authentication method can make it so difficult that he or she just gives up. While it’s possible for some authentication methods to be hacked, the extra layer of difficulty is very helpful for your internet safety.
Authentication Can Be Very Secure
Some types of authentication have come under criticism as being too easy to hack. Most safety-minded people, including some governmental agencies, are moving away from SMS authentication and toward other types. Authentication takes many forms; not all are codes sent to you by SMS or email. One form of authentication that’s been used for years is the security question.
While anyone can research some of the frequently used security questions, better questions are being introduced by many companies, the answers to which only you would know. Some companies use apps to authenticate users, and some may even use USB dongles to do so. The more steps you have to go through to bypass two-factor authentication, the more secure it is.
Lots of Information About You Is Already Available
If you share certain types of information about yourself, it’s remarkably easy to get information that’s more detailed. Using two-factor authentication keeps important information such as your location, phone number, and full name concealed. Such things make it easy to find detailed information about anyone by using people search sites like PeopleFinders.
PeopleFinders is the easiest way to find detailed records for anyone, and you don’t need very much information to do so. With just a first name, last name, city and state, you can run a people search on someone and turn up anything from a specific street address to a phone number. And if you have is just a phone number, you can use the reverse phone lookup to get personal and contact information. Using two-factor authentication on accounts that contain that kind of personal information makes it easier for you to keep that information private and safe from people you don’t know.
While there’s no foolproof way to avoid being hacked, keeping two-factor authentication on is one of the best ways to keep hackers at bay. Of course, two-factor authentication shouldn’t be your only form of internet safety; you should also be using strong passwords, changing passwords between sites, and making sure your phone and laptop are password-protected.
All-in-all, two-factor authentication can be a good stepping stone toward internet safety. Although it may seem annoying at first, it only takes a few extra steps. Isn’t it worth the extra few seconds to keep people from breaking into your accounts? Combine your two-factor authentication with other methods of keeping yourself safe. Look yourself up on PeopleFinders regularly, so you know what other people can find out about you, and be careful about revealing any of the information that someone could use to run a PeopleFinders search.
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