How to Set Up Two-Factor Authentication on All Your Social Accounts
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With the ever-increasing use of social media platforms, security is of paramount importance. While choosing a strong password 6 Tips For Creating An Unbreakable Password That You Can Remember 6 Tips For Creating An Unbreakable Password That You Can Remember If your passwords are not unique and unbreakable, you might as well open the front door and invite the robbers in for lunch. Read More might help, there’s still a possibility of getting hacked.

To add an extra layer of protection, you should consider using two-factor authentication. Two-factor authentication (also known as 2FA or two-step verification) is a security method that uses two different ways to verify your identity. Instead of only entering a password to log in, you’ll be asked to enter a code which is sent via text message to your phone or generated via an app. This verification helps make sure that only you can access your account.

We’ve previously pointed out several internet services where you should enable 2FA Lock Down These Services Now With Two-Factor Authentication Lock Down These Services Now With Two-Factor Authentication Two-factor authentication is the smart way to protect your online accounts. Let's take a look at few of the services you can lock-down with better security. Read More . Today, let’s see which social media platforms support it and how you can enable them.

Facebook

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Facebook lets you add an extra layer of security using both, hardware-based and software-based mechanisms. First, here’s how to set up the software-based mechanism.

To enable it, head over to Facebook’s Settings and click on Use two-factor authentication. Add a new mobile number if you haven’t already. Click on Setup. Here, click on Enable and enter your Facebook password to confirm. Now, whenever you sign in to Facebook from a new device, it’ll send a unique code to your mobile number. You will need to enter this code along with your password to log in successfully.

Facebook also supports hardware-based authentication using Universal 2nd Factor (U2F)-compatible security keys Does YubiKey Make Two-Step Authentication Less Annoying? Does YubiKey Make Two-Step Authentication Less Annoying? If you find two-factor authenication a pain, you'll be happy to hear that there is now another option. Let's take a look at how YubiKey can make your online accounts more secure. Read More . It’s a little convenient than the earlier method as you can just tap your physical security key instead of having to enter a security code. To learn more about security keys, head over to Facebook’s support page.

Google Plus

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While Google Plus might not have taken off as Google wanted, it’s far from dead It's Not Really Dead: 7 Reasons To Start Using Google+ Today It's Not Really Dead: 7 Reasons To Start Using Google+ Today I wake up in the morning, and check what's new on Google+. Yes, really. Google is putting a lot of brawn and brains behind the social network everyone loves to hate, and it shows. Read More . If you’re still a loyal user of the platform, you’d be happy to learn that it supports 2FA.

To enable it, head over to Google’s Settings. Click on Get Started. Here, you’ll be asked to choose a second authentication method.

You can add your mobile number to receive security codes via text messages, or you can install the Authenticator app to generate two-step verification codes right on your phone.It might be a good option when you’re unable to receive text messages due to a patchy mobile network 3 Ways You Can Improve Smartphone Reception 3 Ways You Can Improve Smartphone Reception Whenever I’m at my favourite pub (admittedly not often) or at my mother-in-law’s (sadly more often than I would like) I find that I have considerable trouble making a phone call. How can mobile phone... Read More . However, the most convenient method is the “Google Prompt.” With this enabled, you just need to accept a prompt on one of your trusted devices, and it’ll sign you in automagically.

Like Facebook, Google Plus also supports hardware-based authentication using security keys. To learn more about it, visit Google’s support page.

Twitter

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Previously, we had shared a few tips to secure your Twitter account. What You Need to Know About Securing Your Twitter Account What You Need to Know About Securing Your Twitter Account Twitter accounts are juicy targets for scammers and malware distributors. Once someone compromises your Twitter account, they can send out tweets with links to scams and malware, bombarding your followers with their junk. Strengthen your... Read More Enabling two-factor authentication can help you double down on your Twitter account’s security.

Twitter calls its two-factor authentication service as “Login Verification.” To enable it, go to Twitter’s Settings. Click the checkbox to Verify login requests. Click Okay, send me a message. Click Yes when you receive the verification message. Click Send code to add your mobile number. Enter the verification code sent to your device and hit Submit.

Now, whenever you log into your Twitter account, you’ll receive a six-digit login code on your phone. Enter this code along with your password to login to your Twitter account. Note that Twitter supports limited mobile carriers. You can check if your carrier is supported by going to Twitter’s help page.

Instagram

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Earlier this year, Instagram started rolling out Instagram Users: You Need to Enable This Security Setting Right Now Instagram Users: You Need to Enable This Security Setting Right Now Instagram recently introduced a new security setting that can truly help you keep your accounts safe and secure from hackers. You should enable it as soon as you can. Read More two-factor authentication for its 800 million monthly active users. To enable it, open the Instagram app and navigate to your profile page. Tap the Settings icon. Scroll down and tap Two-Factor Authentication. Turn on Require Security Code. It’ll send a security code to your associated phone number. If you haven’t associated one yet, you’ll be asked to enter it.

Now, whenever you log into your Instagram account, you’ll receive a security code on your phone. Enter this code along with your password to log in. In case you cannot receive text messages on your number, you can use any of the backup codes to login to your Instagram account.

LinkedIn

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In 2012, LinkedIn’s security was breached What You Need To Know About the Massive LinkedIn Accounts Leak What You Need To Know About the Massive LinkedIn Accounts Leak A hacker is selling 117 million hacked LinkedIn credentials on the Dark web for around $2,200 in Bitcoin. Kevin Shabazi, CEO and founder of LogMeOnce, helps us to understand just what is at risk. Read More , and it was said that around 6.5 million accounts were affected. Four years later, the situation turned out much worse as it was revealed that a whopping 117 million users had been affected. In the rise of such events, turning on two-factor authentication for LinkedIn is highly recommended.

To enable it, open LinkedIn’s privacy settings. Scroll down to the Security tab. Click Change next to Two-step verification. Click Turn on. You’ll receive a security code on your associated phone number. Enter the code in the box and click Verify. Two-factor authentication is now enabled for your LinkedIn account.

Pinterest

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Pinterest is a great tool The Unofficial Pinterest Guide The Unofficial Pinterest Guide This Pinterest guide will quickly show you how to use Pinterest and all of its features. This guide outlines everything there is to know about Pinterest. Read More to organize and share the tools you love, but it has its own set of security issues. 3 Pinterest Security Issues, and What You Can Do About Them 3 Pinterest Security Issues, and What You Can Do About Them Pinterest is fun to use, the risks exist. Fortunately, we're here to help you spot the scams and make the most out of Pinterest's privacy settings. Read More Fortunately, it supports two-factor authentication.

To turn on Pinterest’s two-factor authentication, head over to Pinterest’s account settings. Tap on Security. Turn on Require code at login. Enter your password and click Next. Check your phone for a security code. Enter your code and click Verify. Two-factor authentication is now enabled for your Pinterest account.

In case you cannot receive text messages on your number, you can use any of the backup codes to login to your Pinterest account.

Snapchat

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Snapchat offers two-step verification to secure your Snapchat account 8 Tips to Keep Your Snapchat Secure 8 Tips to Keep Your Snapchat Secure People of all ages use Snapchat to send illicit, self-destructing selfies. The privacy issues are numerous, so use our Snapchat security and privacy tips to shore up your account and stay safe! Read More across all of your devices. To enable it, open Snapchat on your mobile device. Tap the ghost icon on the bottom of the screen. Tap the settings icon. Scroll down and select Login Verification. Tap Continue. Choose to verify via Text or Authentication app.

If you opt to verify via text, a security code will be sent to your number. If you choose to use an authentication app, you can generate code using an app such as Google Authenticator. Enter the verification code you receive. Two-factor authentication should now be enabled for your Pinterest account.

In case you cannot receive text messages on your number, you can generate codes using Google Authenticator or its alternatives The 5 Best Alternatives To Google Authenticator The 5 Best Alternatives To Google Authenticator To improve the security of your online accounts, you'll need a good two-factor authentication app to generate the access codes. Think Google Authenticator is the only game in town? Here are five alternatives. Read More .

No Support for Two-Factor Authentication Yet

While a lot of social media platforms have stepped up their security game, not every company has made the jump. A few notable ones that don’t support two-factor authentication yet include Quora, Reddit, Foursquare, and Goodreads. We hope that these companies roll out two-factor authentication as early as possible.

What do you think of two-factor authentication? Have you enabled two-factor authentication for all your social accounts? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

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  1. dragonmouth
    October 13, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    "What do you think of two-factor authentication?"
    In light of Joel Lee's 10/12/17 article http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/risks-two-factor-authentication/ , not much.

    "Have you enabled two-factor authentication for all your social accounts?"
    I don't have any social accounts. The main reasons are the lack of security and data harvesting by the sites.