The massive and numerous data breaches over the last few years prove at least one thing: Passwords alone can’t protect you. And as if to remind you that 2019 will be just as fraught with cybersecurity issues as the year before, security researcher Troy Hunt discovered yet another major breach, ominously titled “Collection #1,” in which nearly 773 million email addresses and 21 million passwords were exposed.
Before you freak out and (finally) delete your Facebook account, know there’s an easier way to protect yourself — one that only involves a few minutes of preparation for some peace of mind when it comes to your online identity. We’re talking about two-factor authentication (sometimes called 2FA, or two-factor verification), a process in which you input an extra security code after typing in your username and password to prove you’re really you. There are multiple forms of two-factor authentication, but they all serve the same purpose of protecting your accounts from being hacked in case somebody gets their hands on your login info.
Nearly every major website supports two-factor authentication, though not every site supports every form of authentication. Want to check if your most-frequented sites are up to date in terms of security? Check out the Two Factor Auth List, a searchable and categorized database of sites that support two-factor authentication and its multiple forms.