Is It Time to Ditch Two-Factor Text Messages?
Of the most important security measures you can take turning on two factor authentication to log into various online accounts whether it's for your bank your email or your twitter account but it might be time to ditch the option to receive those codes. You get by text that's right. I'm usa today. Tech columnist rob pecoraro writes about this on dot usa today dot com exploring alternatives to rely on text messages when enabling two factor authentication. It's especially important if your t. mobile customer as a recent data breach made its customers more susceptible to what's called a sim swap attack where a hacker tries to take over a phone line to intercept two factor authentication messages and it doesn't require the hacker to physically have your phone in their possession one alternative to receiving text with a code that allows you to continue the log in process is to switch to an or app google authenticate or is one big example. I've used an app called offi h. y. for years. Now it's fantastic. I use it for several of my accounts. It's really easy to set up in. All you do is when it gets to that screen that asks for the code to put in Instead of again getting text she'll go to the offi app and pull up the account. And it'll give you a six digit code. You type it right in. There are also some apps like google bypass text message altogether instead showing a message on your screen asking if you tried signing in and then he can tap either yes or no to confirm that you can also purchase an encrypted usb security key to linked to your account and then confirmed by plugging into the new device. They usually start around twenty five dollars but can't be fooled by fishing pages and protect multiple