The proliferation of the internet is one of the best things to have happened during our time. But while it has proven to be a brilliantly useful tool, in the wrong hands it has also proven to be quite dangerous. With the increase in online accounts, we have also seen an increase in the number of black hat hacks, where nefarious members of the online community have taken hold of someone’s account for committing internet theft or just to write “haha gay1!!1 l0lz” on their Twitter.
All the online accounts come with a basic form of security, a password. A series of letters, numbers, and special characters that form the first line of defence against people who are not you trying to gain access to your account. This may have been enough a few years ago but with the advent of brute force cracking and social engineering, a password, no matter how complicated, can no longer be trusted to be your only security measure.
Unfortunately, a lot of websites still offer a password as the only security measure for your online account. However, a growing number of websites these days also provide a second, more robust line of defense against hackers, the two-step authentication. This is where you will learn what it is, and why you should have had it enabled even before you read this. Continue reading “Understanding two-step authentication and internet security”