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Securing Your Platforms with Two-Factor Authentication

A few weeks ago, one of my platforms, I believe it was Constant Contact, I set up two-factor authentication on my account. 

I know, I know. Two-factor authentication has been around forever, but I always avoided it as it’s such a hassle.

Now I didn’t have a choice.

I was complaining about it to a young cyber-security friend — who is a genius — and he had absolutely no sympathy. He said, “If it’s a hassle for you, it’s a hassle for the hacker.”


Hacker at work.

He also recommended getting privacy screens for my phone and tablet. I haven’t done that, yet, but it’s on my to-do list.

It’s funny how something so simple can elude you, until you hear it phrased so simply and to-the-point: “If it’s a hassle for you, it’s a hassle for the hacker.”

Easy Web Tip 351: Set up two-factor authentication on your platforms.

P.S. My Furniture World editor, Nic Ledoux, adds this note: “As much of an additional hassle as it is, I’ve also read you shouldn’t use your cell phone number for two-factor authentication, instead use an authenticator app or security key. Hackers have been able to use social engineering to trick network carriers into transferring your phone number to their SIM card, in an attack known as SIM swapping.

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