On Your Side: Protect Your Accounts

All you need is a minute of time to turn on two-factor authentication or two-step verification on your accounts to give you some real protection from hackers and thieves.
 
When you or anyone else who has your password logs into your account, the service sends a confirmation code to a second device like your phone. Sometimes this is through a dedicated app or via text message. Enter this code to authorize the login.
 
For Microsoft, go to account.live.com and turn on two-step verification.
Facebook users can go to Settings, Security and Login then select Use two-factor authentication.
For Google, go to myaccount.google.com and click the Signing in link. Choose 2-step verification.®
 
Setting up Twitter's two-factor authentication requires you to use a computer and visit your security settings page. You can also log in to your Twitter account on Twitter.com, navigate to settings followed by clicking on the security and privacy link to the left of the page.
 
Apple users can go to the Settings app on iOS, tap your name, Password and Security then Two-Factor Authentication.
 
Plenty of other sites have this feature as well... so check it out for everything you log onto.
 
Finally, make sure you use strong passwords. For tips on creating strong passwords check out this article from Lifehacker  or this one that specifically offers tips on creating passwords you can remember but are still very strong. 
 
 

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