Friday, 17 July 2015

What does 2FA mean? Read all about it..

Well, it stands for Two Factor Authentication and we posted an blog about the security benefits back in December of last year.

Being totally paranoid about security and knowing the amount of scams, hacking and identity theft that takes place on a daily basis, we thought another reminder of this useful tool would be well received.

Adding a second rotating password will effectively make your personal online accounts far less susceptible to hackers.  

We share a couple of links with some great tips and useful advice from Robert Siciliano when interviewed by "about tech" .

This link below is the start of the interview explaining just how massive password theft is now

and the link below gives all the practical advice you need to put 2FA - Two Factor Authentication in place.  Robert helpfully guides you through how to set up 2FA on your accounts, just follow the directions for major platforms -
  • Google,
  • Yahoo
  • Apple, 
  • Micrsoft,
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • PayPal
  • Facebook

Personally, we use a great app called "Keypass" - A free open source (OSI certified) password manager which helps manage your passwords in a secure way.  Basically, you put all your passwords in one database and this is locked with a master key or a key file, therefore you only have to remember one single master password or select the key file to unlock the database.  The databases are encrypted using the best and most secure encryption algorithms (AES and Twofish). 

So now you have no excuses.  It just takes minutes to set up and best of all, it's free.  Don't wait until you've been hacked JUST DO IT!!!!

The Merlin Team

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