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One thing that we don’t have a shortage of are passwords. Every time you sign up for some sort of online account, another password is added to the list. It’s no secret that security is essential when it comes to your passwords, but hackers and malicious software keeps getting better and better at finding ways to crack them. Thankfully, companies are also getting better at providing safeguards to protect you. As long as you keep up with the latest security trends, you should have the best protection.

What is two-factor authentication?

Most accounts use one-factor authentication, with that sole factor simply being your password. If a hacker discovers your password, they instantly gain access to your account. Two-factor authentication adds an extra step and layer of protection to the process. This step can come in different forms. One method is to have a physical device you clip to your keychain or a smartphone app that generates a random code you have to enter when logging in. This way, even if someone has access to your password, they will also need the physical device that you keep on you to access your account. It’s much harder to gain access to your account with that extra step. Another method simply sends a text, email, or call with a random code. This is extremely helpful because you will be instantly notified if someone is trying to log in to your account. Again, it will make it near impossible for someone to gain access to your account, unless they have your phone or access to your email as well. That’s also why it’s important to have a passcode on your smartphone, given how easy they are to lose.

What are some places that use two-factor authentication?

Two-factor authentication is quickly becoming the norm in the cyber-security world. It is a comforting feeling knowing that your account is safe. Some notable examples of companies that offer two-factor authentication include:

  • Bank of America
  • Wells Fargo
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Gmail
  • Outlook.com
  • Yahoo Mail
  • YouTube
  • Steam
  • And many more!

For a comprehensive but not all inclusive list of sites that use two-factor authentication, you can check out TwoFactorAuth.org.