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Protect yourself, enable Two - Step verification!

October 04, 2017 at 4:26 PM

2-Step Verification adds an extra layer of security to your Google Account, drastically reducing the chances of having the personal information in your account stolen.

To break into an account with 2-Step Verification, someone would not only have to know your username and password, they'd also have to get hold of your mobile phone, what are the chances of this happening?

2-Step Verification is also known as 2-factor or multifactor authentication (lots of technical information here for those who are interested)

 

Why do we need this?

 It’s easier than you think for someone to steal your username and password, 

  • Using the same password in more than one location, or a variation on the same password.
  • Downloading unauthorized software from the internet.
  • Clicking a malicious link in an email, or opening a malicious attachment.
  • 2-Step prevents anyone from accessing your account, even if they have your password.

 

What are the consequences of having someone access my account?

  • You risk severe reputational damage
  • Loss of faith with your Clients, or anyone who is in your address book.
  • Theft of confidential information.
  • Fraudulent use of an account to misrepresent to others by a malicious party
  • A majority of cases where email accounts are compromised they are used for one of 3 things.
    • Theft of Intellectual property.
    • Pretend to be you and send unwanted harmful emails to all your contacts
    • Targeted attacks such as Phishing and Whaling.
  • Go through all your personal or work-related photos, contacts, and emails
  • They are able to use your account to reset passwords for other accounts you have, whether work or personal

 

How it Works

Signing into your email will become a little different.

1.       You will still sign into your email account in the standard fashion.

2.       You will be asked for something else, this can be a code sent via text message or through the Authenticator app on your mobile phone.

Once you have logged in with 2step on your computer, select "remember this computer"  and you will not be asked for your code again for 30 days, if you are on a public or shared computer, never select remember.

However, if you try to log in from another computer, or a different location, you will be asked to provide 2-Step verification to prove your identity.

This can also occur if the systems think there may be some suspicious activity occurring on your device.

If you would like to make sure you and/or your organisation is protected by implementing Two-Factor authentication, please contact the helpful team at Sales@mcdonaldsit.co.nz

 

 

 

Created by Lucy Palmer 




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