Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Please, please, please turn on Two Factor Authentication for all your Cloud accounts

Jack doesn't even need to explain why I am saying this with all the news about the "Cloud" (which is really just someone else's servers, but that's another discussion) not being secure.

Why is it not secure?

1. Poor, easily guessed passwords that are used everywhere.
2. Poor, easily researched security questions.
3. Not enabling two-factor authentication.
4. See #3, #2, and #1

So....make sure none of your security questions can be answered by researching your social media posts, and then go to the places listed below (and this is not a complete list) and enable two factor authentication. Have different passwords for your social media sites and your e-mail account. Never use your e-mail password anywhere else but that one account. Don't use your social media password or e-mail password at your bank's website.

Apple ID:

How do I set up two-step verification?
  1. Go to My Apple ID.
  2. Select Manage your Apple ID and sign in.
  3. Select Password and Security.
  4. Under Two-Step Verification, select Get Started and follow the onscreen instructions.

Google:

Just click here to setup 2-factor for your Google account - this includes Gmail, Google+, Picasa, and all those Google sites that might have photos.

Dropbox:

Instructions can be found here. Dropbox is often integrated with Android phones and auto-backs up your photos.

Facebook:


If you use Samsung or ASUS backup on your mobile device, do it there also, if it is not available, encrypt the files there.

Got it? Good.

GO HERE AND LOOK AT THIS LIST AND ENABLE IT ANY WHERE ELSE YOU HAVE AN ACCOUNT THAT IS ON THAT LIST AS WELL!!!