2FA has been around for a while (you may have had to use a PIN machine or a code texted to you to access your online bank account for many years), but more companies such as email providers and social media are offering it to increase security on customers’ accounts. There are several methods that can be used in 2FA, usually decided by the company you are logging into, such as a separate code, physical ID card, fingerprint or face scan, or more recently authentication apps. For example, you might be asked to add your phone number to your Facebook account for security. This means that when you log in with your password, a text will be sent to you with a code that you also have to input to access the account.
We at Carrera UK, offer 2FA on our Microsoft email accounts using a code either sent by a text or the authenticator app, meaning it is harder for hackers to access your emails and Microsoft account. Of course, there are downsides to using 2FA, such as taking longer to log in, but it is a small price to pay for the extra level of security, and protecting your data.
2FA is now offered by many companies such as Google, Yahoo, WhatsApp, Amazon, Facebook, Instagram, Twiter and Paypal. You can check the security settings when you are logged in to see if 2FA is offered, and what extra steps you can take to secure your data.
Find out more about Carrera UK’s Email services here.