How to enable Two-step authentication
It’s a security tool that uses multiple verification techniques to prove that the person attempting to log onto an account is really them.
Some of these methods include:
- Something you know: a password, code, passphrase or PIN
- Something you have: a physical token, chip, fob, or phone
These methods provide an extra layer of security. Most people only have one layer – their password – to protect their account. But combining something you know (your password) with something you have (your phone, token, etc.), makes your account even more secure.
You can also think of them as deadbolts to your online house. These features significantly improve the security of your accounts because they require something only you will know or have, like a personalized code or PIN and your phone.
Even if your password gets stolen, it will be more difficult for someone to access your account if you’ve enabled these services.
Here’s how many services typically work:
- You enter a phone number or an alternate email. (This is a way for the online service to contact you when you want to access your account.)
- The service provider generates and sends you a verification code. This code is only good for one use – otherwise it would be just like a password!
- Once you receive the code, you enter it in, along with your username and password and gain access to your account. (This step can vary depending on the web service you’re using.)
Here are step-by-step instructions on some popular platforms:
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