Have you ever wondered about that annoying security code process that your bank or software program made you go through? More than likely the “hoops” you had to jump through were part of a two-factor authentication system.

Two-factor authentication (2FA for short) is a system in which you must verify your identity in two separate ways to access an account. Sound confusing? It’s not. Here’s an example: After enabling 2FA on a Gmail account, you have to enter your password each time you log in. Then you are asked to enter a six-digit code that you pull from your phone, a jump-drive-sized key fob or a program on your computer.

Only then do you have access to your account. That way, if someone steals your password, they still can’t get in.

If you aren’t currently using two-factor authentication with your most sensitive data and systems, look into whether it might be an option. The extra 15 seconds it takes to pull up that second code is laughably short compared to the time you’d spend dealing with a hacked account.

Talk to a Techno Pro about two-factor authentication methods and other steps you can take to ensure security of your online accounts.

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