It’s nothing out of the ordinary to hear that users had their accounts tampered with. As a precaution, you might decide to enable security measures such as the two-factor authentication social networks have to offer.
Since every social network has their own design, you might not be able to find this security as easily. Not to worry since the following guide will show you how you can quickly enable two-factor authentication for most popular social networks.
What Is Two-Factor Authentication
The two-factor authentication (also referred to as 2FA) is an extra layer of protection that requires you to not only enter your password and username but also something only you can provide such as a code sent to your phone.
To enable the two-factor authentication on Twitter, click on your profile picture and select Settings. Twitter calls this security measure “login verification,” and you’ll be able to find it under the security section.
After enabling this feature, Twitter will send a text message to your phone with the code you’ll need to enter to access your account. Twitter will also offer you a backup code just in case you lose lose your device.
Once you set up the two-factor authentication and enter the code, Twitter will give you the option to get your backup code. Click on the Backup Code option, and Twitter will display a code that it will ask you to write down or take a screenshot of. Make sure to keep it in a safe place as you may need it.
Google has a dedicated 2FA page where you can quickly set up the two-factor authentication. When you arrive at the site, click on Get Started and Google will ask you to enter your password and show you the devices that are linked to your account.
Click on “Try it Now,” and you’ll get a prompt on your phone asking if you’re trying to sign in. If you don’t want to deal with a prompt, you can also create a Security Key by using a USB stick. Google will also invite you to add a backup option if the second step is ever unavailable or if you lose your phone.
You’ll be sent the traditional code to enter on the site, and when your phone number is verified, the security measure is good to go.
To set up Facebook’s two-factor authentication, you’ll also need to go into your account’s Settings. Scroll down until you see the “Setting Up Extra Security” section, and the second option should be the one you’re looking for.
Click on the Edit button, and you should see a list of the security options Facebook has to offer. You’ll have the opportunity to either add your phone number or both a security key and code generator.
If you’ve never added a phone number, you’ll need to verify it first, but if you do have one, you only need to click on the Enable option to the right.
You can set up the two-factor verification feature across all your devices. To do this, go to Settings by tapping on the ghost icon at the bottom of your display. Scroll down a bit and tap on “Login Verification.”
You can either authenticate through a text or an authentication app. The text option will have you enter the traditional code while the authentication app option will have you create a code by using apps such as Google Authentication. As soon as you enter the code, the two-factor authentication feature will be enabled.
Setting up the two-factor authentication on Pinterest is also an easy task. Click on the three horizontal dots and click on Settings. Scroll down until you reach the Security section and toggle on the “Require code at login” button.
You’ll need to enter your password and select Next. You should get a security code sent to your phone, enter that code and choose Verify. Once you’re done with that, the two-factor authentication will be enabled automatically.
LinkedIn is one of those sites where you need to have as much info on yourself out there (profile) to find a good job. With such sensitive information at risk, it’s a good idea to enable the two-factor authentication.
You can do this by clicking on the dropdown menu below your profile picture. Click on Settings & Privacy and tap on the Privacy Tab. Scroll all the way down where you should see the two-step verification option.
Click on the Off option, and you’ll be asked to enter a phone number. Once you get the code enter, it in the box and select Verify.
By enabling two-factor authentication, your information is going to be a lot safer. As you can see, enabling this feature is not as hard or tedious as you may have thought it was. Do you think you’ll enable it on your social media accounts? Share your thoughts in the comments.