Reminder – Two-Factor Authentication Saves Frustration

I recently noticed a pattern that when I do not check my Facebook account for more than a day, I get notifications that someone is trying to access my account through password reset. Fortunately, I use two-factor authentication on all my accounts. (In the case of Facebook, I am forced to use two-factor due to the size of my followers). While it can be annoying to have to use your phone or a second computer to verify your identity when signing in to an account, it is far less annoying than dealing with all the frustration and headaches that come when one of you is online. accounts have been compromised.

What is two-factor authentication?

Two-factor authentication, sometimes called two-factor authentication, is a system in which you have to enter a password and then receive an SMS (text) message or e-mail in which you verify that you have actually tried to access your account to log on. I use it on every service it provides, including my Google Account and all bank accounts. This is great, because if someone tries to log in to one of my accounts from a computer or phone other than mine, I immediately get an SMS. My friends Lee and Sachi LeFever at Common Craft have an amazing video explaining two-factor verification. You can watch that video here.

Your password is not strong enough!

If you think, “I do not need two-factor authentication, I use a strong password,” you are wrong. In How Easy It Is to Crack Your Password, Kevin Mitnick explains why your “smart” use of “@” instead of “a” in your password does not fool anyone. He demonstrates how fast hackers can crack passwords and explains why you should use passwords with two-factor authentication.

Beware of social engineering

Last year, I showed this video, another one with Kevin Mitnick, to my network students and they laughed at the gullibility of the people who fell for his social engineering attack. Check it out and do not be the security driver of Motorola.
Kevin Mitnick was one of the most sought after hackers in the world in the 1980s and 1990s. His autobiography, Ghost in the Wires, is a fascinating reading for anyone interested in the world of hacking. He is now a security consultant for a firm called KnowBe4 and he has published The Art of Invisibility which is about how to minimize and protect your digital footprints.
Common Craft videos can be reviewed online for evaluation purposes. To use it in a blog, as I did, requires a membership (which is very fairly priced).

Disclosure: I have an in-nature relationship with Common Craft.

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