The Social media has become an important part of our everyday lives; we socialize and do business on various social media platforms. We have our private data on such sites such as sensitive information about us, photos, messages and even financial details like credit cards etc.
There is an increased need more than ever to ensure a stronger security to our social media accounts. Social media is a mine for private data as hackers have targeted these sites in the past. However, Social media sites in an attempt to prevent such security breaches have made changes to ensure even a better security for your social media accounts.
2-Factor Authentication is a new security measure put in place that requires you to enter randomly generated codes sent to you by the social media site you want to login each time you want to gain access to your online accounts.
Social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn etc have all added the 2-Factor Authentication but will require the users to enable them from the settings. Securing your social media accounts with 2-Factor Authentication will ensure your safety online as only the mobile phone number tied to the account can receive the random code that can only be used to validate the login.
How to enable 2-Factor Authentication on Facebook
1. Login to your Facebook account
2. Select Account Setting from the Gear icon on the top right corner of the Facebook account page
3. Select Security from the menu and then Login Approvals,
4. Follow the Wizard to configure the 2-Factor Authentication via SMS or Google Authenticator.
5. A confirmation email will be sent to you once you complete the process.
How to enable 2-Factor Authentication on LinkedIn
1. Login to your LinkedIn account
2. Select Privacy &Settings from the Account & Settings on the top right corner of the LinkedIn account page
3. Select the Account Tab from the options and then click on the Manage Security Settings link,
4. Click Turn On Two-step verification for sign-in.
5. Select your country and enter the mobile phone number that you want to use as the verification token for the account.
6. Enter the code that you receive via SMS. You’ll receive confirmation that the process is complete via email.
How to enable 2-Factor Authentication on Twitter
1. Login to your Twitter account
2. Select Settings via the Gear icon on the top right of your Twitter account page.
3. Select the Mobile tab from the options and enter the mobile number you want to use for verification
4. Select Security and Privacy tab and scroll down to account security. Select the checkbox marked “Send Login Verification requests to my phone”.
5. Follow the confirmation process.
How to enable 2-Factor Authentication on Google+
1. Login to your Google+ account
2. Select Account Settings by clicking on your name or picture in the upper right corner of the screen and then clicking Account.
3. At the top, click Security.
4. In the Password box, click Setup next to “2-Step verification.” This will bring you to the 2-Step Verification settings page.
5. You will then see a step-by-step guide which will help you through the setup process.
6. Once you’re done, you’ll be taken to the 2-Step Verification settings page again. Be sure to review your settings and add backup phone numbers.
7. You’re done! Next time you sign in, you’ll receive an SMS with a verification code.
Now i hope you can be able to enable 2-factor authentication for your social media accounts and keep your private data safe and keep intruders at bay.
Great Post. Two step authentication is great o avoid hackers and spammers from out account. Google take this initiative to introduce two step authentication and other follow it. It is a great way to stay secure online.
Thank you for your post. It contains great info..
Frank Joseph says
This is indeed a detailed post on how to authenticate one social network,
and you know what, you are a pro when it comes to social networks as I can see you everywhere :D
The high rate of security breach and hacking on personal online accounts calls for better security measures. Its a good thing that social media websites have taken the steps to ensue that users accounts are secured.
The 2-factor authentication is working. I have in my Google account. Indeed, its time for social marketers and users to consider this option and safeguard their account and personal data.
I have commented same in kingged.com – the content syndication and social networking website for Internet marketers where this post was shared.
Sunday – contributor to kingged.com
Wow… what a lovely and interesting post to read.
The 2 factor authentication? Yahoo as well do offer such security. Enabling it for better security is great but what if you lost your phone or your phone battery is flat and you really need to access your mails or social network.
Thanks for the lovely post. it was indeed appreciated. Do have a good week ahead and a bless val day…
Aditya Singh says
Your article was really good, a now hackers hack your account easily if you don’t have strong passwords and having more security in the account is beneficial for us only. New people should understand the benefit of this .
thanks for sharing this article.
Ryan Biddulph says
I like that social sites are becoming more secure. In this day I would rather spend an extra minute than be hacked.
Nwosu Mavtrevor says
That is a downside to it. But since we are mostly with our smartphones we can always gain access only with it.
Akaahan Terungwa says
This is one of the finest entries I have read in a long time…as security breaches become more common, it behooves on all persons who have sensitive data to protect to ensure that their private information is quite safe.
However, in places of high service fluctuation or out-rightly poor service, it is my assumption that the two factor idea may not be the best option as one may be locked out of his/her own account for days.
What do you think?