When it comes to protecting sensitive online data, less is certainly not more. Amazon introduced two-factor authentication taking this sensible advice into account.
Released with any drum rolls after a privately tested beta version proved successful, the two-factor authentication process finally brings Amazon in line with PayPal, Google accounts and others that have long held two or more ways of securing an account are certainly more efficient than one.
Particularly when it comes to sensitive data such as personal information or credit card information saved in your account for easier access and speedy purchases. Passwords aren’t necessarily outdated, but they are increasingly easier to break. Thus, Amazon introduced two-factor authentication, now requiring a password and a security code sent directly to your phone.
Locking your account in this manner is a good solution for protecting your private data. An extra security layer makes it increasingly difficult for ill-intended persons to break into one’s account. Even with the password obtained, the extra personalized code makes sure nobody else but you gets into the account.
In addition to perhaps updating your password regularly, you can now go to the Advanced Security Settings in Amazon’s account setting page. The instructions window is clear about the process. Check your account password and then use your phone of Google’s Authenticator to receive the personalized code via a text message.
It’s certainly as easy as 1,2,3 and the added perks of increased security should build confidence that your sensitive data is well protected. Facebook, Microsoft, Apple, Twitter, Google, or Dropbox already offer the two-factor authentication feature.
A more extensive list of services which offer the two-factor authentication may be found on TwoFactorAuth.org. If you have any complaints to state about services which don’t have the extra security layer yet, don’t hesitate to use the Twitter button to pester them as much as possible.
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