Bad Boys

4 04 2017

Strong efforts have to be undertaken to secure data in the digital world. Even your identity can be countermined if you think about a hacked social media account where a bad guy publishes using your name.


Sometimes hackers behave like terrorists and try to destroy everything they are able to. A victim could suffer humiliation, identity theft, and lifetime suspension from services and social networks.

So turn on 2-Factor Authentication.

2-Factor Authentication means “something you know” (like a password) and “something you have” (like a smartphone). Once you activated 2-Factor Authentication you have to use both, your password and an authorized device to sign in. To increase usability Apple as well as Google let you authorize a device to not asking for an authentication code again.

With 2-Factor Authentication security is drastically increased but not perfect at all. The only way to further increase the level is to use biometric identifiers (like a fingerprint) which are actually not supported for mobile devices. A standardized solution implemented in all operating systems would be a great step forward.

Many authentication processes could be made much more easier if “something you are” (fingerprint, iris) would replace “something you know” and it would increase security drastically if all these three methods are combined to identify yourself.

Regarding codes for 2-Factor Authentication …

There is an app for that. It’s AUTHY.

Running on your iPhone (even in the Notification Center) and on your Apple Watch it provides generated codes for the 2nd step of logging into your account.

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