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.
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.
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.
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.
If you are a regular reader of Loginhelper you know that security does not end with the selection of a strong account password. The password may be the most important aspect, but there are other factors to consider. This includes making sure you are on the right site before you key in your login name and password, or protecting your email account that is connected to Facebook.
Facebook’s Security Settings can further improve your security when interacting with the social networking site. This short guide looks at all available options, and explains how to best configure the settings to protect your Facebook account.
You can load this page or click on the down arrow, select Account Settings and then Security to open the settings page.
We have seen many attacks on user account information in the past years. These kind of attacks have increased as the Internet moved forward to become everyone’s favorite pasttime, and even more than that. Attackers are still making use of phishing attacks, mostly by sending out mass mails, to steal login, financial and identity related information. A second group has moved on though and started to hack the servers and websites directly to download their databases.
With part of the user base selecting weak passwords, it is easy to parse through the database to get a list of working passwords in record time.
Good security begins with a strong password. Opinions differ a lot when it comes to the definition of strong. Most agree that users should not pick dictionary words (like apple), first or last names, teams, brands or other words that may make their way on a word list. If you are asking me, I’d say your password should at least have 12 characters, and if possible at least one upper char, one lower char, one number and one special char. Tgo5ggg3dc_rr4 would be a strong password.
Strong passwords are just the beginning though. Some websites for instance may save your password in plain text. It is a security taboo, as it provides attackers who download the site’s database with all the information they need to wreak maximum havoc on the site and its users.
That’s one of the reasons why 2-factor authentication is so important. This basically adds another log in layer to the login process. Facebook and Google make use of 2-factor authentication.
With 2-factor authentication enabled, you will receive a code on your mobile phone or device that you need to enter to complete the login process. An attacker who managed to steal your username and password, for instance with a keylogger, would not be able to log in to the site if the additional authentication step had been enabled previously.
Google users can enable 2-step verification in their Google account. This link opens the Account Settings page on the Google website
You need to click on the edit link next to 2-step verification to configure the security layer. Please note that you need to enter a mobile phone number during setup. This is the number that Google will send the codes to whenever they are needed.
I suggest you open the official announcement post over at the official Google blog site to read up on the instructions.
Facebook’s 2-factor authentication system works slightly different than Google’s. It only asks for a code if a user tries to log in from a new device. It is still important to activate it to improve the account security.
Live.com is Microsoft’s all in one authentication service where you can register and then use the same credentials for many different things. For example, if you own an Xbox, or have a Windows Live Messenger account, or if you use Hotmail, then you’ll already have a Windows live.com sign in.
Many people like having one single username and password to access services they use regularly. It saves the need to remember multiple passwords, and in this day and age when there seems to be so many different websites needing usernames and passwords to access them, having less to remember is a godsend. A single sign in point also means that once you’ve used your live.com sign in to access one service, you’ll also be able to access all the other services too. Your computer should remember your credentials in its memory, or cache, and not bother you again.
Facebook earlier this year confirmed that they would improve the login process on Facebook by implementing two factor authentication. Today Facebook announced that the new feature has finally been added to the social networking site, and that all Facebook users can make use of it.
Facebook Login Approvals, that’s the official name of the feature on Facebook, protects accounts with an additional code that needs to be entered when logging into Facebook from an unregistered computer.
We have been receiving an increased amount of emails and comments of Facebook users who have difficulties logging into the popular social networking website. Our initial guide, called Facebook Login, has helped many Facebook users, but some still had difficulties despite the guidance.
We have created a PowerPoint presentation and a PDF document to better aid Facebook users log into the website. Both documents have the same contents and contain all the necessary information to fix Facebook login problems.
You can download the help documents below. We have also added them to the sidebar here at Login Helper and linked them in the original Facebook login post for greatest exposure.