Blink Twice if It’s You

Our every login is compromised. This is a fact. I’ve explained this in an earlier post. I also offered a solution. Not using the same password for many accounts reduces the risk. So does opting for complex passwords. Using an app helps. It doesn’t make it go away, though.

In truth, nothing can give us absolute confidence our accounts won’t get hacked. But we can do better than change our passwords and hope for the best.

In recent years, multi-factor authentication has been gaining traction. You know how in films we see the actors scanning their hand and then their retina? Or type in a code and then authenticate with their voice? These are all forms of multi-factor authentication.

Many of the services we use offer multi-factor authentication. There are a few common second forms of authentication. Some services send a text message to our phone. Others send us an email to our email address. Lastly, some request a code from an authentication app. All these make it harder for a hacker to login to our account. Having our password isn’t enough. They now need access to our phone or our email account.

My point is simple. Go through your accounts. Enable multi-factor authentication wherever you can. Keep your accounts safe.

Published by eranboudjnah

A software consultant and tech lead. Passionate about optimizing as many aspects of my life as possible, to free time for what really matters.

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