You’ve probably heard about two-factor authentication by now. Every time there’s a new data breach somewhere and hundreds of thousands of email addresses and passwords are published online an expert appears on television to advise everyone that they should change their passwords and enable two-factor authentication.
Although this might sound suspiciously like much of the other tech mumbo jumbo that makes normal people’s eyes glaze over, it’s worth paying attention and getting this one done. You only have to do it once for each service you use and once you’ve done it you’re much more secure. If it makes it any easier you can refer to it as ‘foo fighter crustacean’ throughout the whole process. So go and enable it for your main email account.
If this all sounds like a bit too much of a hassle, read this account of the speed with which which hackers ruined journalist Mat Honan’s digital life by running a password reset on his Gmail account. If he’d had two-factor authentication switched on it’s unlikely any of this would have happened.