Turn on 2-step authentication to enhance your social media security

Do you still remember the article about “2-step authentication” we shared on Facebook? Today, we are going to walk you through the process of setting up 2-step authentication on your social media step-by-step.  2-step authentication is not a cure-it-all for your internet security. However, it certainly makes it more difficult for hackers to break through your security line.

What is 2-step authentication?

2-step authentication (a.k.a. two-factor authentication) is composed of two pieces of authentication factors: the knowledge factor, something you know, and the possession factor, something you have. It’s similar to the idea of requiring 2 keys to open a treasure chest. In addition to the password you originally created for emails, social media or even online banking accounts (knowledge factor), you will need another key (possession factor) to access to your accounts. Your phone is one of the most popular options nowadays. By activating such security feature on your social media, you will receive a set of codes on your phone. Use this code to access your account after typing in the password you normally use.

How to set up?

    1. Click on the setting button on the upper right corner and choose the account setting option.

      Facebook login approval

      Facebook login approval

    2. On the navigation panel on your left, choose “security”; it will take you to the screen below.
    3. Enable the “Login Approval” security feature then Facebook will walk you through
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    4. Facebook will send you a set of codes via SMS. Type the code in the box, then click next. As you enter the security code, you will have the option to save your device to your account so that you don’t have to generate a code for the device every time you log in
      FB login approval3
    5. If you ever login via a device unrecognized by Facebook, you will need to enter the code again.
  • Twitter: 2-factor authentication

Twitter recently rolled out their 2-factor security measure to enhance your account security. View the steps below to set up this feature:

  1. Click on the setting button in the upper right corner; then choose setting.
    twitter 2 step login
  2.  Scroll down to the “account security” section and check the box after activating your phone information on the account.  Twitter will then prompt you to click “next”.
    twitter 2 step login 2
    Twitter 2 step log in 3
  3. Next time you log in, just enter the security code you received on your phone and your Twitter account is now under double protection!

This 70-second video from Twitter’s YouTube official account gives comprehensive instructions.

  • Google 2-step authentication

Google started its 2-step authentication security feature early on. Similar to Facebook and Twitter, the steps are easy.

  1. Log in to your Google account and access your account information.
    Google 2 step authentication 1
  2. Click on “manage security”, located on the lower right.
    Google 2 step authentication 2
  3. Activate “2-Step Verification” by clicking the edit tab.
    Google 2 step authentication 3
  4. If you’re using an Android or Blackberry smartphone, you have the option to install “Google Authenticator” app to generate the verification code; or, you may choose to receive the code by text message (SMS) or voice instead!

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Still confused? Watch this video from Google for demonstration!

Now you know how to set up 2-factor authentication and lower the chance of being targeted by hackers. This applies not only to social media, but also all other online accounts. Good to know that most of the major cloud based companies such as Evernote, Dropbox or Amazon and even some banks like Citibank has rolled out their own 2-step verification system.

If you’d like to know how to turn on your 2-step verification feature for certain sites, leave a comment and let us know 😉

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Stay Alert from Common Social Media Scams-Facebook part 1.

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