Multi-Factor Authentication

Enabling multi-factor authentication is one of the best things you can do to make sure your account information is not compromised.  Passwords alone will not always protect you, but using two or more steps to verify you are the account holder will help keep your accounts secure.

Common actions that lead to your password being stolen are:

  • Using the same password on multiple websites.
  • Downloading software from the Internet without verifying its legitimacy.
  • Clicking on links in phishing email messages.

The following is an example of multi-factor authentication on Google.

This extra layer of security gives you peace of mind that your account is safe from hackers.  Google also gives you the option to only ask for the code once on a particular computer.  This way you do not have to re-enter the verification code over and over.  You will still be covered because if someone tries to log onto your account from another computer the code will be required.

Other websites that allow you to enable the multi-step authentication security method include:

  • Amazon Web Services
  • Apple
  • DreamHost
  • Dropbox
  • Evernote
  • Facebook
  • LastPass
  • LinkedIn
  • Microsoft Accounts
  • PayPal
  • Steam
  • Twitter
  • WordPress
  • Yahoo! Mail
  • ...and more.