No matter how many times they ask you to create a strong password, just for your own good, you too may have got over it with just a simple “qwerty” or “12345” or a terrible “11111” haughtily bragging to yourself, “Nobody’s going to guess it!”
But, have you ever thought your data could have been compromised when 63% of data breaches are due to weak, default or stolen passwords.
This is where the Two – Factor a mechanism was needed to make sure that the users are really who they say they are.
The Two Factor Authentication or simply 2FA strengthen the access security to your online accounts by double checking your identity. As the first layer you are asked to verify your username and password as you have always done. Secondly your identity will be reconfirmed as legitimate with a token of ownership such as a text message to your phone, a PIN or an email.
These Authentication Factors are three fold
- Something you know – Mostly your password or a PIN code
- Something you have – Related to a physical device like your mobile phone, a USB stick, a key fob
- Something you are – Biological factor like voice recognition, fingerprint or Retina scan (a little expensive though)
The basis to the introduction to this Authentication Concept is the fact that the probability of a malicious party having your password and also a biometric data simultaneously seems very low.
Yet, what this does only reducing chance of the malicious hackers bringing home the bacon. You should not expect it to make your accounts 100% secure and non hackable.
A single Google account opens you multiple doors for services like Email, Calendar, Search, Photos, Drive and many more. Google can send you the verification codes as text messages to your mobile phone or can give a call to your mobile or landline. There is also the Google Authenticator app for Android, iPhone or Blackberry that can generate verification codes and happily, the app works even without data connectivity. To keep your account more secure you can insert a Security Key to your Computer’s USB port.