Recently Hold Security, a company that helps businesses stay secure online discovered a Blackmarket site selling 360million Emails and Passwords. The source of these credentials are unknown but that is a hell lot of sensitive information. And who knows, It might even contain your Email passwords.
You don’t necessarily need to be attacked directly in order to gain your user credentials, as have been proved by the recent Target data breach and several other high profile hacks. The data from these breaches end up being in the wrong hands and since most of you use the same username, password combo for nearly all your online accounts, the leak of one website details will have all your other profiles at risk.
To curb these types of attacks, popular websites make use of 2 Factor Authentication (or 2 Step Verification) methods. This is when you enter your password to login, Then the website sends you a unique code (unique every time) to your Mobile Phone. You have to enter that code into the website in order to login successfully.
Although it sounds cumbersome , the use of this feature alone will help save all your accounts even if your password has been leaked.
How 2 Factor Authentication Works
The use of 2 factor authentication ensures that you are always a part of your login process and that no one else (unless they have access to your phone as well) can login to your accounts. Finding the websites which have 2 Factor Authentication enabled is pretty though because you need to have an account with them and dive into their security settings to see if they exist.
I have tried to minimize the task by collecting many websites that I know already use the technology and also have curated lists from many other sources (listed them at bottom). The tables below have sorted the website into categories with a link to their settings page, help article or the website itself. Please take time to enable 2 Factor Authentication on the sites that you have an account with.
Enable 2 Factor Authentication on these Sites
Social Media/Email/Top Sites
|Bank Of America||https://secure.bankofamerica.com/adminenrollments/safepass/manageSafepass.go|
|Guild Wars 2||https://en.support.guildwars2.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/9238/~/guild-wars-2-two-factor-authentication|
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