Two-Step Verification was up until recently only available to Evernote Premium customers. Regular users of the service could not enable the extra security for their accounts, but that changed yesterday with the announcement that all users of the service can now set up Two-Step Verification on the site.
Let me explain what it does, before I go over the set up process. Two-Step verification is a popular technology to add a second layer of protection to a user’s login process on a website or service.
Instead of just having to enter the username and password to get in, a temporary code has to be entered in the second sign in step (hence the two-factor) to complete it and log on.
Twitter has been working on integrating a two-factor authentication system to the service’s sign in process in the last couple of months. It’s main aim is to provide users of the company’s service with additional options to improve their account security.
Yesterday, Twitter announced that it began to roll out the login verification feature to all users of the service.
If you enable two-factor authentication, you are asked to enter a second code during sign in to Twitter. An attacker trying to get access to the account would have to know both the username and password and the second code. Since it is generated dynamically whenever you try to sign in, it is necessary to get hold of your mobile phone as the code is automatically send to your phone via SMS. Continue reading →
Webkinz pets are plush pets that come with a secret code that you can enter on webkinz.com to play with a virtual version of the pet online. Webkinz World is a highly popular Internet destination since 2005 in the US and in other countries where the pets are sold in.
To enter the code, a Webkinz online account is required. Registration is completely free, but accounts are initially restricted. The registration of a secret code or becoming a deluxe member resolves those limitations so that all functionality becomes available on the website.
So you have multiple Google accounts that you work with on a regular basis? Maybe a Gmail account for work and one for private messaging? Or a work and home Google+ or YouTube account? Or maybe your whole family is using one PC and sharing a single account on that PC?
If that is the case you may appreciate the option to add multiple accounts to Google’s sign in page. When enabled, it lets you stay signed in to all accounts and displays a selection screen on the sign in page that basically lets you select the account that you want to log in with.
Microsoft some days ago published a new mail interface on outlook.com that is said to replace the company’s own Hotmail email service in the long run. Existing Hotmail and Windows Live users can sign in to outlook.com with their old credentials, with Hotmail users currently having options to switch completely to the new email interface or to keep using the old interface for the time being.
Users may run into login issues when they try to sign in to their account on the new Outlook website. This guide looks at the most common causes, and provides fixes for these situations so that you can start using your Outlook.com account again.
Microsoft is currently preparing the release of its Windows 8 operating system. If you have followed the news, you may notice that it will ship with a new start page that is fundamentally different from what you have been working with before.
One additional change is the integration of the Microsoft Account in the operating system. Microsoft Account is the new name for your Windows Live login. Windows 8 users can either sign in locally into the operating system or use their Microsoft Account to do so. If they select the latter, they benefit from cloud synchronization features that allow them to use their preferences and settings on all systems running Windows 8, even if they have never worked with a particular computer before.
What we have not talked about yet is what you need to do when your online account got hacked. This does not necessarily have been your fault, as servers and databases can get hacked as well. Depending on how the passwords were protected and the password that you have used on the site, it may as simply as copying and pasting the password for the attacker, or near impossible to get hold of it.
Automatic logins can speed up a system’s or website’s log in process significantly. You do however need to remember that it can also be a security risk, for instance if the computer is shared with multiple family members, accessible by others in an office, or if there is the chance that it gets stolen or lost.
If you are using a computer running Windows 7 on your own, you may prefer to automatically log in to the operating system instead of having to enter your account password all the time. This is first a manual task that slows down the login, and second something that is not really protecting your data from being accessed by third parties, as there are none who may take advantage of it.