The days when everything you needed protect yourself online a password had disappeared. Today a secure password will not stop anyone. If you want to stay up to date with your security, you need to start using a solid VPN service, a password manager, Tor browser, and more. Sometimes it seems easier to completely abandon the Internet and social media. If only it were possible.
An effective way to protect your online accounts is to enable two-factor authentication on all of them. Learn how to enable and disable two-factor authentication and how it can help protect your social media accounts.
What is two-factor authentication?
If you have at least one social media account that you use on a daily basis, it’s essential to think about your online security in advance. One of the precautionary measures you can take is to choose a secure password for your account or to use a password manager if you have multiple accounts. However, it is often not enough to stop hackers.
To avoid having to do it recover your hacked Facebook or your Instagram account later, add an additional security level with two-factor authentication (2FA). Deciding to enable two-factor authentication on all your online accounts will significantly improve your security and give you peace of mind.
How two-factor authentication works
Two-factor authentication, also known as two-step authentication and multi-factor authentication, is a security measure for your accounts that you can use in addition to your login information to protect yourself online.
Instead of just doing one step of verifying your identity (using your username and password), you get the second stage where, after entering a password to log in, you also need to enter the code which you will receive on the phone. The code is always unique and is generated through an application. Two-factor authentication makes the verification process more complicated, but ensures that you can only access your account online.
What if I can’t receive the security code?
Some users are reluctant to turn on two-factor authentication because once you turn it on, you won’t be able to sign in to your account without the code being sent to your phone. What if you lose your phone or don’t have access to it? One solution is to temporarily disable 2FA in your accounts until you re-access your phone. Although there is a better way out of this situation.
When you activate 2FA in your online account, you will gain access to a page with Recovery codes. You can use these codes to access your account if you lose your phone or can’t receive any code using the authentication application. Be sure to save these codes and keep them somewhere safe.
Two-factor authentication on LinkedIn
On LinkedIn, you can configure two-factor authentication in your account settings.
You can do this in both your browser and a mobile application by following the steps below.
- Open LinkedIn and log in to your account Settings and privacy (o Configuration in your mobile app).
- From the menu, select Log in and secure.
- Scroll down to find Two-step verification and select Switch on (o Configure in the mobile app) to activate it.
You can then use your phone number or an authentication application to obtain the code. Select one and click Keep on. Then enter your password and confirm your choice.
If you choose your phone number, you will get the 6-digit LinkedIn security code via SMS.
If you choose the authentication application option, you must install it Microsoft Authenticator (or another authentication application of your choice), add your LinkedIn account, and use the application to scan the QR code or enter a secret key manually. Use the 6-digit code to complete the process.
You can change the method or completely disable 2FA at any time by following the same path and selecting Close in the settings.
Two-factor authentication on Instagram
On Instagram, you can also use the web and mobile version of the app to set up two-factor verification. However, in the web browser you can only use the 2FA phone number method.
While this may seem convenient, as you usually always have your phone on, it’s not your preferred security method and shouldn’t be your first choice. For example, you won’t be able to receive an SMS when you don’t have cell phone service, so you won’t get the code or access to your account.
In your mobile app, you can choose between two 2FA methods: receiving the code via SMS or through an authentication app. To set up two-factor authentication on Instagram, follow the steps below.
- Open Instagram and go to your profile page.
- Open the file Configuration menu and select Security.
- Under Login security select Two-factor authentication.
- Choose your security method: Authentication application or Text message. Then follow the instructions on the screen to receive the security code.
After confirming the code with the preferred 2FA method, two-factor authentication is activated on Instagram.
To disable 2FA on Instagram, follow the path described above to find it Two-factor authentication in the application settings, select the method you chose earlier to turn it off.
Two-factor authentication on Twitter
On Twitter, you can find an option to set up two-factor authentication in your account settings. To access it, follow the steps below.
- Go to the Twitter menu and select Settings and privacy.
- Under Configuration, select Security and account access > Security> Two-factor authentication.
- Select your preferred 2FA method: receive the security code via Text message, using Authentication application, oa Security key. On Twitter, you can add more than one method for two-factor authentication. You will need to enter your password to confirm each one.
You can disable 2FA on Twitter at any time by following the same search path Two-factor authentication in the application settings. Then select Close to turn it off.
Two-factor authentication on Facebook
To enable two-factor authentication on Facebook, follow the steps below.
- From the application menu, select Settings and privacy > Configuration.
- From Configuration menu on the left, select Security and login.
- Scroll down to find Two-factor authentication and select Edit Next Use two-factor authentication.
- Choose one of the security methods: an Authentication application with Google Authenticator or Text message. Enter the security code you received to finish configuring two-factor authentication.
To disable 2FA on Facebook, follow the same path in the Application Settings menu until you find the two-factor authentication section. Then select Edit and re-enter your password. In the next window, you can Close the 2FA, as well as add a backup backup method in the form of a backup key or recovery codes.
Protect your online accounts now
Being locked into your social media account is annoying and recovering it after being hacked is even worse. Enabling two-factor authentication can help you avoid this by adding another level of security to your online accounts.
Do you have two-factor authentication enabled or disabled in your social media accounts? What security measures do you consider most effective against hackers? Share your experience with online security in the comments below.