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Two factor authentication

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Overview

Two Factor Authentication (2FA) provides an additional level of security to access some of our most sensitive online accounts, such as online banking, shopping and access to our email. It makes it significantly harder for fraudsters to hack in to our accounts online. Anyone with social media accounts or online accounts that manage financials should consider using it.

Time required: 15 - 30mins

Difficulty: Easy

Software/hardware costs: £0

HOW-TO VIDEO TUTORIAL

Follow the instructions in the video below step by step. If you prefer written instructions, these can be found below.

Things to do

  • 1. Identify accounts which require 2FA.

  • 2. Setup identified accounts with 2FA.

DETAILED HOW-TO INSTRUCTIONS

How-To Instructions

Note: this is on the Secure Plan under the assumption that your banking and financial product providers have already mandated 2FA for your accounts (which most have already done in the UK) – the tasks below apply 2FA to other accounts such as email and social media.

ONE. Identify accounts which require 2FA.

In priority order;

a. Any account which has the management of payments or assets linked to it – eBay, Paypal and Amazon (include investments and pensions accounts).

b. Email (web access only) – Gmail & Hotmail (in- clude school, uni and work accounts).

c. Social media accounts – Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter & Instagram (include dating websites).

d. Online Storage (storing personal data) – iCloud, Dropbox & OneDrive.

TWO. Setup identified accounts with 2FA.

a. Log in to the respective websites, navigate to the ‘Account Security’ section of the account settings and they will provide instructions on how to activate it (it varies for each website).

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