Just about any account you own on the internet is prone to being hacked. After numerous widespread breaches through the past few years, tech companies have been working together to develop …
Just about any account you own on the internet is prone to being hacked. After numerous widespread breaches through the past few years, tech companies have been working together to develop a standard that would make passwords a thing of the past, replacing them with more secure methods like biometric or PIN-based logins that do not require transferring data over the internet.
Authenticator apps are considered more secure than texting. They also offer flexibility when you’re traveling to a place without cellular service. Popular options include Authy, Google Authenticator, Microsoft Authenticator, and Hennge OTP (iOS only).
These apps mostly follow the same procedure when you’re adding a new account: you scan a QR code associated with your account, and it is saved in the app. The next time you log in to your service or app, it will ask for a numerical code; just open up the authenticator app to find the randomly generated code required to get past security.
While 2FA — via text, email, or an authenticator app — does not completely cloak you from potential hackers, it is an important step in preventing your account from being accessed by unauthorized users. Here’s how to enable 2FA on your accounts across the web. (We’ve listed the services in alphabetical order.)
Go to the Amazon homepage and log in. Hover over “Accounts & Lists” and click on “Account.” A box labeled “Login & security” will be at the top of the page, so click on that and then click the “Edit” button on “Two-Step Verification (2SV) Settings.” (You may be asked to reenter your password first.) You can also navigate directly to that page by following this link.
What are authenticator apps?
You can activate 2FA on both the Android and iOS Amazon app by tapping the three-line “hamburger” menu on the left side and finding “Your Account” > “Login & security.” The same “Two-Step Verification (2SV) Settings” selection should be available for you to edit and toggle on 2FA.
- Click on your username or profile picture in the Slack app to open a drop-down menu, and then select “View profile.” Your account information will now display on the right side of the chat window. Under your avatar, next to the “Edit Profile” button, click the three-dot icon for additional actions, and select “Account settings.” You can also head straight to my.slack.com/account/settings.
Two-factor authentication is currently offered to Apple users on iOS 9 and later, and on macOS X El Capitan and later.
The steps are slightly different depending on how updated your iOS software is. For those using iOS 10.3 or later, you can enable 2FA on your Apple ID by going to “Settings” > [Your Name] > “Password & Security” > “Two-Factor Authentication.” Turn on 2FA to receive a text message with a code each time you log in.
For those using iOS 10.2 or earlier, the settings are under “iCloud” > “Apple ID” > “Password & Security.”
Again, steps are slightly different depending on your version of macOS. If you’re using Catalina or later, click the Apple icon on the upper-left corner of your screen, then click “System Preferences” > “Apple ID.” Click on “Password & Security” under your name, and then select “Turn On Two-Factor Authentication.”
For Mojave and earlier, after you click the Apple icon, click “System Preferences” > “iCloud” > “Account Details.” (You can shorten this step a bit by typing in “iCloud” using Spotlight.) Click on “Security” and you’ll see the option to turn on 2FA.
The remainder of the steps, for iOS or Mac, are the same. You can opt for Apple to send you a six-digit verification code by text message or phone call. You can also set up a physical security key here.
From your Dropbox homepage on the web, click your profile avatar and select “Settings,” then go to the “Security” tab. Find “Two-Step Verification,” which will tell you the status of your 2FA. Toggle to turn the feature on and choose to receive 2FA through a text or your authenticator app.