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What does it mean to #LayerUp my passwords?

It’s easy #LayerUp! In fact, it should take less time than it does to heat the kettle for your favorite cup of tea! So sit back, put on the kettle, and let’s get started!

Layering up your login means to enable a free feature called multi-factor authentication (also known as two-factor authentication) in the settings of your favorite email, bank, or social media apps and websites.

This will add one extra step to your login process (scanning a fingerprint on your phone, or typing a PIN that’s sent to your phone) but gives you powerful protection against cybercrimes like identity theft and social media account hijacking.

What types of multi-factor authentication options are available?
There are dozens of options you could choose to protect your accounts, but most websites rely on a few common.

Password

A strong password is your first layer of defense. With this in place, you’re ready to add a layer of protection.

Fingerprint ID

With fingerprint scanning available on most smartphones and many laptops, add a fingerprint ID requirement to your logins is powerfully convenient protection.

Single-Use Code (Sent to phone, or delivered via app)

These single use codes are either sent to your phone, or generated by an app on your phone — which generally — only you have access to.

USB Token

The key is in your pocket. Add a USB Key to your logins to get powerful, high-end protection. Services and apps like Google, Facebook, Dropbox, and more all support USB keys.

How does multi-factor authentication work?

Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is an additional layer of protection beyond your password. It significantly decreases the risk of a hacker accessing your online accounts by combining your password (something you know) with a second factor, like your mobile phone (something you have). Many of the world’s largest websites have made MFA readily available from the security settings of your online accounts, but it’s up to you to turn on this free feature. Check out this link for tutorials on how to #LayerUp specific logins

How do I turn on multi-factor authentication?

Most email, social, and banking sites have options to enable MFA in the settings. But for instructions on adding MFA to any account, the website lockdownyourlogin.org has excellent, comprehensive tutorials.

How do I see if my favorite apps and websites support 2FA?

A group of dedicated supporters keep an up to date list of all websites that offer MFA at www.twofactorauth.org.

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