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The best way to keep hackers out of your online accounts

on Fri, 19/11/2021 - 12:51pm

Enabling two-factor authentication (2FA) is the single most important thing you can do to improve the security of your online accounts.

What is 2FA?

Two-factor authentication (2FA) is a way of strengthening the login security of your online accounts. It's similar to how an ATM works. You need both your debit card (first factor) and your PIN (second factor) to get access your account and withdraw cash. The main objective is better security. If your card is stolen, they still need your PIN. If your PIN is stolen, they still need your card.

Enabling 2FA will help to stop hackers from getting into your accounts, even if they have your password.

The most usual way of using 2FA with online accounts is to have a password, plus a numbered token on an app on your mobile phone.

Here is a more in-depth overview from Which:-

How do I enable 2FA on my accounts?

Here are links you can use to enable 2FA on some of the most popular online services and apps. Many more, including the likes of Amazon etc, support 2FA - just ask them:

For more of the government’s latest advice on how to stay secure online, visit the Cyber Aware website:

From an Action Fraud email received 19/11/21