Yesterday It was announced that Microsoft has enacted two-factor authentication. Two-factor authentication is one of the securest ways to protect your password to site. What it does is requires you to enter your user name and password like normal, then it asks you for a code from a program that is on your phone. That way if your user name and password is compromised the hacker can not get access to your account because they do not have your phone with the authenticating program that is generating the code based on the time encoded information that was used to link it to your account. without all three things present, access can not be gained without going through the access recovery process.
You should activate two-factor authentication for your web services that offer it. other websites that offer two-factor authentication are 1. Gmail 2. Dropbox 3. Facebook 4. Lastpass 5. Yahoo 6. Amazon just to name a few. If you want to know more about Microsoft's new implementation of 2-factor authentication head over to Meline Pinola's article on Lifehacker at:
If you want to know about the other services listed in this post you can check out Whitson Gordon's article on lifehacker at:
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