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Surprise! Your email just got hacked.

That’s right. The bad guys got in and reset your password – so you’re stuck on the outside looking in. Now what? Scary thought, isn’t it?

The bad news is that this happens more often these days.

The good news is that we have a powerful tool to fight back. It’s called Two Factor Authentication, or 2FA, and more and more services are offering it.

What is 2FA?

2FA isn’t as complicated as it sounds. Here’s how it works.

Without 2FA, you likely enter your username and password. That’s it. The problem is that it’s easy for the bad guys to guess that stuff.

With 2FA activated, you’ll still enter your username and password, but you’ll also need to confirm that you have access to your mobile device. This is usually done by receiving a text message with a one-time-use code and entering that code on the screen.

By doing this, you’re confirming that you not only know your username and password, but also have access to your device. Bye bye hackers.

Enable 2FA on your LinkedIn account

There’s no time like the present to give it a try, right?

Here’s how to do it on your LinkedIn account.

  1. Click this link: https://www.linkedin.com/psettings/two-step-verification
  2. Turn it on and follow the instructions.
  3. That’s it!

Here’s how it should look once you’re finished with it.

Why you should enable 2FA, or Two Factor Authentication, right now - 1Now, the next time you sign in to LinkedIn, you’ll see 2FA at work.

Of course, don’t stop with LinkedIn. Ideally, all of your accounts should have 2FA enabled – especially important ones like email, bank accounts and security services.

Perhaps this can be your New Year’s resolution? :)

Author Jeff Teschke

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