Securing your email accounts or for that matter most personal social media accounts takes just a couple of minutes and yet many of us don't do it! It's strange because everyday we hear stories of accounts being compromised, yet our response is inaction.
Many times on Steemit.Chat people reach out asking for help with account recovery. In some cases they have also lost access to their email accounts. You could greatly reduce your chances of an email hack by securing your accounts with a combination of hard-to-crack password and 2-Factor authentication.
Enabling 2-Factor authentication takes only a couple of minutes and you are protected! Don't make it easier for thief to hack into your account. Phishing is one of the most common ways that most people give away their financial details as well as account access without realising they are.
Importance of securing your accounts cannot be stated enough number of times. People are generally careless about account security. On Steemit we see all kinds of issues from people sharing their master keys on their memo accidentally to forgetting the email they used to register their Steemit account.
Setting up 2-factor authentication is straight forward and easy. Apps such as Authy makes it easier than ever before to improve your account security and thwart any attempt by hackers out there to brute force their way into your sensitive data. Just got into your account settings and sign-in security and enable 2-factor authentication. If you use a Yubikey then you can use that instead of Authy or even higher level of security.
2-factor is nothing but a second layer of security where even if your password is compromised, the hacker still needs access to your phone or a secure device to retrieve your 2-factor codes. With an app like Authy you can easily sync across multiple devices and never worry about losing access to your data.
Earlier today, I had one of my friend's notify me that there was an unauthorised attempt to log-in to his Instagram account from a location in France-or so he was notified as he tried logging-in. It was an account he hadn't used in a while and I found out that he hadn't setup 2-factor on it and didn't know what it was.
Personally, all my accounts are secured with 2-factor authentication at the very least. It's important you do this when you are on social media managing multiple accounts. If you haven't enabled Authy or similar 2-factor authentication what are you waiting for?
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