Why Need and How to Enable Two-Step Verification Everywhere?
Twice the typing, twice the pain – isn’t this our usual alibi that sways us to avoid two-step verification system? But, recurring occurrences of hacking attempts and data thefts raise loud warnings that we must enable two-step verification soon. Starting from online bank accounts, cloud storage, email accounts to social networking sites, all our digital assets are vulnerable to security threats which can be reduced by adding an extra layer of two-factor verification system over existing password security system. Though two-step authentication does not assure complete security, but it is proven to reduce malevolent activities on all types of online accounts.
So, let us tell you how two-step verification works and why we should enable this protection system.
How two-step verification works?
Does two-step verification or two-factor authentication sound intimidating? After all, we don’t want to type password or some codes two times every time we login. Though time-consuming but two-step authentication renders protection of data against hacking attacks. Basic methods of two-step authentication includes following steps –
1. Typing username and password at the login screen to verify your existence.
2. Then, the server verifies your account ownership by generating and sending you text message (often lands a voice call) to the registered mobile number. Or else, you may also receive a code of four or six characters to the alternate email account you furnished during registration.
3. You need to key in the security code sent to your mobile at the second layer of login.
How safe are security codes?
Yes. Security codes are short-lived codes sent via text message and they automatically expire after a stipulated period of time, within a few minutes to an hour maximum. Hence, hackers trying to access your account will be stopped at the second layer of verification unless he or she has access to your smartphone or tablet. Being unable to access your laptop or your online account, the unauthorized user will give up eventually. This is the beauty of two-step verification; another plus is that you do not require remembering this two-step verification code. Since these security codes are applicable for a short time and expire automatically, you will receive a new code every time you login. Because you are not typing and using the code over and over again like your password, no keyboard logging or password cracking tools can trace or decode the code for unauthorized users.
How to turn on two-step verification?
Basic procedure of enabling two-step verification is similar across diverse digital accounts, though slight differences prevail. Here we have shown how to enable two-step authentication across major web services and sites.
Follow these steps to enable two-step verification on Facebook:
1. Access ‘Security Settings’ section of your Facebook account.
2. Hit ‘Edit’ button in ‘Login Approvals’.
3. You need to select the box adjacent to ‘Require a security code to access my account from unknown browsers.’
4. On selecting this option, you will a text message containing security codes.
Or you may also change settings so that you will receive notification on your Facebook app if you try logging on using an unrecognized browser.
Google enables you to select a special code for every device for the first time. Once you select the code, you can use it every time you login. For this, begin with
1. Clicking or tapping on your name or account image at the right upper corner of Gmail account.
2. Then, tap ‘Account’ tab
3. Select ‘Security’ tab
4. Tap ‘Set Up’ in the ‘2-Step Verification’ under ‘Password’ section.
5. This will open ‘2-Step Verification settings page’ where you can follow step-by-step instructions to setup the verification process.
People using Google accounts on their Android devices can download Google Authenticator app from Google Play to enable the protection on their system.
Try these steps to use two-step verification on Twitter:
1. Log in to Twitter account.
2. Click or tap Twitter avatar at the top right corner.
3. Go to the ‘Settings’ option.
4. You will find two options for ‘Login verification’ under ‘Security’ tab. You can select between text message method or notification on Twitter app.
When you opt for two-factor verification on Twitter, it drops a text message containing a six-digit code when you are using a saved browser for signing in to Twitter. If you are signing in Twitter using any unrecognized browser or device, then Twitter will set a temporary one-time password to enable you to log in.
Similarly, you can enable two-step verification on Apple ID to bolster the security of Apple devices. For this, you can MyApple ID:
1. Login with ‘My AppleID’
2. Select ‘Passwords and Security’ option.
3. Go to ‘Enable two-step verification’ option.
4. There, you have to mention the phone number and a recovery key in case you forget your password.
5. Hit ‘Continue’ button to set up two-step verification.
Similarly you can set two-step verification process for online banking accounts, Yahoo! or cloud storage service using security settings of each web service you use. Thus, you can alleviate risks of hackers’ attacks on your online accounts and data.