With so much of our lives passing through mobile devices and laptops, it’s easy to see why criminals target them so frequently.
Hostile attacks on companies, government bodies, and individuals do not appear to be slowing down, making it even more important to make sure you are doing all you can to add an extra layer of protection.
That is where Two-Factor Authentication comes in.
What is Two-Factor Authentication?
Two-Factor Authentication (or 2FA) is an added layer of security that requires you to confirm your identity when logging in to an online account that supports it. This makes sure the person accessing the account is who they say they are.
The process is incredibly easy. First, you will enter your username and password as you normally would. Instead of gaining immediate access, you will then be prompted to enter a pin code that is unique to you.
This pin code will be randomly generated every time so you don’t need to remember it.
How To Set It Up?
First, log into your SmartHost Customer Portal. Once logged in, click the button with your name in it on the top right-hand side of the page. Doing so will bring up a drop-down menu. Navigate to the bottom and select ‘Security Settings’. You will see a button asking you to enable Two-Factor Authentication. Clicking this will begin this process.
Once you reach a QR Code, grab your phone and download Google Authenticator from the Google Playstore for Android or App Store for iPhone. Once you have set this up, click the + button on the bottom right of your phone screen and select ‘Scan a QR code’. Point your phone toward the QR Code on your computer and enter the 6 digit code that has appeared on your phone.
That’s it. Now everytime you login into your SmartHost Portal, you will be asked to enter a new 6 digit code. Simply open up your app, and a 6 digit code will be generated for you instantly.
Why Is It Important?
It significantly reduces your risk of online identity theft. It’s not perfect or bulletproof, but it’s much better than doing nothing. Even if your password is stolen or your phone is lost, the chances of someone else having your second-factor information is highly unlikely.
We would strongly recommend using Two Factor Authentication on any site or service that supports it.