Here’s Everywhere You Should Enable Two-Factor Authentication Right Now

Written by: Whitson Gordon

Two-factor authentication is one of the best things you can do to make sure your accounts don't get hacked. We've talked about it a bit before, but here's a list of all the popular services that offer it, and where you should go to turn it on right now.

What Is Two-Factor Authentication?

Passwords, unfortunately, aren't as secure as they used to be, and if someone gets your password, they can access your account with no problem. Two-factor authentication solves that problem.

Google's spam guru, Matt Cutts, put it best: two-factor authentication is a simple feature that asks for more than just your password. It requries both "something you know" (like a password) and "something you have" (like your phone). After you enter your password, you'll get a second code sent to your phone, and only after you enter it will you get into your account. Think of it as entering a PIN number, then getting a retina scan, like you see in every spy movie ever made. It's a lot more secure than a password that anyone can hack, and keeps unwanted snoopers out of your online accounts.

Where Can I Use It?

Unfortunately, you can't use two-factor authentication everywhere on the web just yet. But a lot of sites have recently implemented it, including many of our favorite services. Here are some services that support two-factor authentication, with instructions on how to enable it:

If you use any of these services, you should head over and enable two-factor authentication right now—it's one of the best ways to keep your data (and, in many cases, your money) safe. Of course, you should also make sure you use a unique, secure password for each of your accounts, so if you don't do that, now's a good time to change that.