Two-step verification helps reduce the risks of being hacked, because it requires specific processes in order to access data online through virtual desktops, over the Internet, and wireless connections over Wi-Fi networks and hotspots. In fact, many online email providers are now offering it as an option to keep your email accounts more secure.
What Is Two-Step Verification?
Two-step verification, or two-factor authentication, is the addition of a second security layer to any type of app, program, or website you access, like online banking. Typically, you start the verification process by entering in something you know, which is often your user name and password. Next, you are sent a one-time passcode by your preferred delivery method, such as via phone call or text message.
The code you are sent is normally valid for a set period of time, like the next five minutes, before it expires. You must enter the code within this time period to complete the two-step authentication process.
How Is Two-Step Verification More Secure?
Since you have to enter in something you know, and something that is randomly generated, it makes gaining access to your information harder for hackers. While they might be able to discover your user name and password, without the second piece of information they cannot log into your online accounts. Further, if someone attempts to access your account, you will be alerted, since you receive the code and know someone is attempting to hack your account.
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