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You don't have to be high-tech to use 2 Factor Authentication

Posted by Stacy Willis on Apr 20, 2016 7:00:00 AM

What is it?

authentication.pngLet's start with the definition of authentication. Essentially the process of authentication involves proving you are who you say you are. There are three ways of authenticating:

  • Something you have: this is something like an ID or item that you have to prove that you are yourself
  • Something you are: this is something physically about you (like a fingerprint) that proves you are yourself
  • Something you know: this is something like a password that you know that nobody else would
2-Factor Authentication involves using two methods to prove your identity. This makes the strength of that authentication more secure. It is now becoming more and more prevalent on all types of accounts to reduce the risk of unauthorized use of your accounts.

Where you can use it?

Now that more websites are allowing 2-Factor authentication, you can take advantage of it without needing to be technical!

As 2-Factor Authentication becomes more and more common, you'll see it on many more sites. To see if it is an option at your bank on a website you regularly use, check out this full list of sites offering 2FA.

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