Two months after introducing two-factor verification to its Premium account users, Evernote has made it available for all users. With this security feature enabled, you will need to enter your password along with a verification code sent to your mobile phone in order to log in to your account. What this means is that if someone gets a hold of your Evernote password, this nefarious individual would also need to be in possession of your phone to access your data.
One of the annoyances with any iOS upgrade or new iPhone purchase is signing back into apps that require you to be logged in to work. Most of the time, this is a simple process of remembering or looking up a password, entering it, and going about your day. If you tried signing into your Gmail account via the Mail app, however, you may have encountered this screen:
And after you carefully re-entered your password, making sure it was keyed in correctly, you again were met with the above note.
And after throwing your hands up in frustration, hopefully you … Read more
Now users have the option to approve log-in requests more directly via their mobile device, instead of relying on a text message containing a short code.
After updating you'll need to launch the app and head to the Settings page. On iOS, … Read more
Two-step verification can help thwart malicious attacks against your online accounts. Anyone trying to break into your account would need both your password and the mobile device that authentication codes are sent to in order to gain access.
Google has done a splendid job of providing options for those who are interested in setting up this extra security measure: you can get text alerts, or you can use Google's authenticator app, available for Android, BlackBerry, and iOS.
When using the app as your method of authentication code delivery, you may wonder what happens when you want to retire an … Read more
A lot of companies on the Web are providing support for secondary authentication. Some do this with apps like Google Authenticator, while others just use SMS. Essentially, both methods provide you with a security code that you need to enter in order to log in.
LinkedIn has joined the two-step verification trend, using SMS as the delivery method for codes. Here's how you set it up:
Step 1: Log in to your LinkedIn profile. Click your user picture/avatar in the upper-right-hand corner and select Settings.
Step 2: On the tabs along the bottom-left-hand side, click Account. Then, click … Read more
SAN FRANCISCO--Two of Google's top Chrome and Google Apps security experts confessed that the problem of passwords will continue to plague the people who use them and computer security for the foreseeable future.
On the second day of the company's I/O conference here on Thursday, Eran Feigenbaum, the director of security for Google Apps, suggested that people follow three recommendations to stay safer online.
"You should turn on two-step verification, make sure [the browser] is up to date, and make sure your password recovery options are set," the six-year veteran of Google said.
His colleague, … Read more
Microsoft started rolling out its two-step verification process on April 17. Also known as two-factor authentication or two-step authentication, the process strengthens your account security by requiring you to enter your password (step 1), then a security code (step 2). The security code can be sent to you by e-mail, SMS, or phone call, or you can use an authenticator app on your mobile device.
Enabling two-step verification on your Microsoft account will enable it across all Microsoft services that currently support two-step verification, like Windows, Outlook.com, Office, and SkyDrive. If you're interested in trying it out, here'… Read more
Apple took a big step in helping Apple ID users in securing their accounts this week with offering two-step verification.
Two-step verification (or authentication as it's commonly referred to) adds an additional barrier of security between would-be hackers and your account. The extra barrier comes in the form of a four-digit code, which will be sent to a device of your choosing via the Find My iPhone app or SMS, after you've entered your password.
The end-user is at the mercy of the service creator when it comes to how secure their data will be online. Google, fortunately, offers extra opt-in features to help ensure than no one other than you will be able to log-in and access your information. One of these security measures is the two-step authentication process.
With two-step, the user decides if they want to enter a randomly generated code each time they log in from a specific place, or if they want to enter it only every 30 days. The benefit is that if you try to log in … Read more
Did you read Mat Honan's tale of woe last week? The one where his Amazon, Apple, Gmail, and Twitter accounts were hacked and his digital life was eradicated?
If not, I strongly encourage you to read his story. In a nutshell, hackers strung together pieces of information to gain access to several important online accounts. The results were personally devastating for him. But his story is a good lesson for all of us. After learning the details of the attack -- from one of the hackers himself, no less -- Honan says he regrets three things most of all.… Read more