2-Factor Authentication and You: A Secure Account Is A Happy Account
2-factor authentication is an important security tool in keeping accounts safer than simply
using a password. As the name suggests, it adds a second step to logging into any account, making it more difficult for unauthorized users to break in, steal personal information, and do all sorts of unsavory things.
How does it work? Once your account is set up, any attempt to log into your account will
require a special authorization code, provided by an app, which is used to finish the login
Why use 2-Factor Authentication? Account security is important for everyone, and nobody
wants their accounts or information being used without their permission. 2-Factor
Authentication adds an extra layer of security, making it considerably more difficult to breach an account. Since the 2-Factor code is dependent on the app itself, obtaining it is
considerably more difficult for potential breach attempts that would normally rely on using a password only.
SETTING IT UP
Setup is simple:
- Click on your profile avatar, at the top-right of the screen
- Click on “Account”
- In the box labeled “Two-Factor Authentication”, click “Enable”
- Using an app like Microsoft Authenticator, scan the QR code
- The app will generate a code; enter this code to finish the setup process
That's it! Any time you log in, it will require both the account password, and the generated
code from your app.
Just in case you are unable to use the app, a number of backup codes are generated at the time of setup, which can be stored in a safe location and used to log in later. It is very important to keep these codes safe, as they will allow anyone to access the account by using them.
Once you have everything set up, the only extra step to logging in will be using the
app-generated code alongside your regular password. One small extra step for one large
increase to account security!