You Can Now Turn on Better Two-Factor Authentication on Instagram – and You Should

Two-factor authentication is a simple and crucial step toward preventing someone from hacking into your account, and Instagram just updated this key security feature for all users. Read More >>

Google Wants You to Use Physical Security Keys So Badly It’s Willing to Sell You One

Google really, really wants you to use physical security keys to protect yourself from hackers. After announcing that its 85,000 employees have managed to go more than a year without getting phished because of mandated security devices, Google now has its own physical security key to sell you. Read More >>

Facebook Won’t Force You to Use a Phone Number for Two-Factor Authentication Anymore  

Facebook users who want extra account security but don’t want to share their phone number with the company can now lock down their accounts with alternative two-factor authentication methods like code-generating apps, Facebook announced today. Read More >>

Facebook Admits Spam Texts to Two-Factor Authentication Users Were a Bug

Two-factor authentication, a security measure that requires a verification code as well as a password upon login, can help prevent phishing and account takeover. Read More >>

Facebook Turned Its Two-Factor Security ‘Feature’ Into the Worst Kind of Spam

Facebook is bleeding users, with external researchers estimating that the social network lost 2.8 million US users under 25 last year. Those losses have prompted Facebook to get more aggressive in its efforts to win users back—and the company has started using security prompts to encourage users to log into their accounts. Read More >>

How Google is Fixing a Fatal Security Flaw

Google is making the best security feature, two-step verification, a little bit easier to use. This week, the company announced that it’s switching out the annoying (and hackable) six-digit code with a simple “yes” or “no” button. This is a great move. Read More >>

Instagram is Finally Adding Two-Factor Authentication

If you want to not be hacked, the absolute best thing you can do is turn on two-factor authentication for all your accounts. Instagram is way behind the trend here, but it looks like tween’s second-favourite photo network is finally getting with the times. Read More >>

Snapchat is Adding Two-Factor Authentication, Finally

Snapchat’s security problems (and the company’s rather laid-back approach to fixing them) are infamous. But as of the latest version of the app, everyone’s favourite sexting app is making a big step in the right direction, thanks to the addition of an SMS log-in verification. Read More >>

Set Up Two-Factor Authentication for iMessage and FaceTime Right Now

Two-Factor Authentication, though sometimes annoying, is one the best defences against nefarious individuals trying to break into your private accounts. You should really have it set up on everything. Read More >>

A Simple Way to Protect Yourself in the Age of Password Dumps

Three prominent social media accounts have been hacked this week: the Twitter accounts of Newsweekand Twitter CFO Anthony Noto, as well as the Facebook account of Delta Airlines. And there's more. Read More >>

How Hackers Reportedly Side-Stepped Gmail’s Two-Factor Authentication

Two-factor authentication is generally seen as the safest bet for protecting your Gmail account. But a harrowing tale from indie developer Grant Blakeman, whose Instagram was hacked through Gmail, reveals how not even two-factor authentication can beat every security threat. Read More >>

You Can Now Protect Your Google Accounts With a Physical Key

Two-step authentication is super important. It's also super annoying. To try and ease the pain—and make logins even more secure—Google will now let you use a USB security key to verify yourself instead of having a code sent to your phone. Read More >>

You Need to Create Unique Passwords for Third-Party Apps Using iCloud

Now iCloud's two-step authentication is back up and running, Apple is doing everything it can to keep your data secure. And in the case of apps that don't support two-factor authentication, that means creating new, unique passwords. Read More >>

Two-Factor Authentiction is Ruining My Life and it’s all My Fault

Sorry if I missed any emails from you this past week. I've been doing all my work email from my phone. It's the only way I can see it, and it's all two-factor authentication's fault. Well, and also mine. Because I am an idiot. Don't make the same mistake I did. Two-factor authentication is supposed to be keeping me safe by forcing me to answer my phone before I can login to my Google account. And it is! It is keeping me safe from me. Read More >>