How to Start Using Two-Factor Authentication

How to Start Using Two-Factor Authentication

With the ever-increasing number of cyber attacks these days, security is critical for every website owner. If you are hacked, you could lose valuable personal data. Even worse, your entire website could be compromised.

Fortunately, there are security measures you can put in place to protect your site. One of the most effective options is Two-Factor Authentication (2FA). This security feature adds a second step to the login process, making it much harder for hackers to access your account.

Why Two-Factor Authentication Can Improve Security
Two-Factor Authentication is an important security feature, which can help prevent hacks and data breaches. Passwords, no matter how complex they are, can be hacked. Data thieves may employ brute force attacks to do so, or even find the answers to your security questions by researching your social media profiles.

In 2018 alone, over 16 billion dollars were stolen by cyber criminals. As a result, online security for your accounts and your website is more important than ever. In light of this fact, Two-Factor Authentication can provide some solid defense against hackers and other online threats.

How does this technology work?
Two-Factor Authentication is a second step to the login process, which double-checks to make sure your identity is legitimate. When logging in, after you input your password and username, you will be required to provide one more information in order to access your account.

This information is often a one-use password or pin number, which is generated by your mobile phone or tablet. In some cases, however, this second step can be something more advanced, such as a fingerprint or a eye scan.

Either way, this additional information needed to access your account will make it difficult for hackers to get in. They would need not only your username and password, but also access to your phone or other personal device. For that reason, it’s an excellent method for securing all kinds of accounts.

How to Set Up Two-Factor Authentication on Your Hosting Account

At SEMOSonline we use a password generated on a mobile device as your second layer of protection.

Step 1: Install an Authenticator App on Your Tablet or Smartphone

First, you’ll need to install an authenticator app on your smartphone or other device.
Some of the common options include Google Authenticator, which we have chosen to use here:

Google Authenticator is one of the most popular authenticator applications on the market that works with SEMOSonline to verify user identities before granting access to websites and services, based on the 2FA process. This application is available on all smartphones and scans barcodes on websites to create a 2FA code as the second level of protection during the log in process. A huge bonus to using Google Authenticator is how it consolidates all of the 2FA codes in one location and keeps them available at all times.

Google Authenticator is available on your iOS and Andriod device. Click here to install.

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