Multi-factor Authentication (Cybersecurity Essentials #2)
What if there was a way to keep people out of your accounts even if they did steal or hack your password? There is and it’s time to get it on every account you have.
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DATA BREACHES, LEAKS, AND OTHER COMPROMISES
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MULTI-FACTOR AUTHENTICATION APPS
- Authy – https://authy.com/ – Use it just about anywhere including sites that say they’re only offering Google Authenticator.
- Google Authenticator – https://www.google-authenticator.com/ – Review it for yourself, but I think you’ll prefer Authy.
- Microsoft Authenticator – https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/account/authenticator – It’s probably no surprise that Microsoft’s own MFA app works great with Microsoft online accounts. It will also work as a replacement for Google Authenticator.
Hardware Authenticators aka Tokens
- YubiKey – https://www.yubico.com/ – YubiKeys are very well known in the security world and have been trusted for a long time. Compared to the free apps the YubiKey options may seem very expensive. If you can afford them, they are much better than the apps. A warning, though, they can be complicated to initially set up. Once they’re working, they’re amazing.
- OnlyKey – https://onlykey.io/ – OnlyKey has options are less expensive and have more features than YubiKeys. Like YubiKeys, they can be more difficult to use than MFA applications.
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