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Have you turned on MFA for your online accounts yet?

If you have not enabled 2-factor or multi-factor authentication (MFA) for your online accounts like Facebook, Pay pal, Amazon, Xbox live, your bank, etc then now is the time.

You should also be sure that the password for the email account that you use to set up the account/MFA has a unique and strong password, or better yet the email also uses MFA. If a hacker can get into your email, then they can reset any of your passwords that have that email address associated with them, and worse yet they can set up MFA to a device that they control making it impossible for you to regain access to the account.

Beat the bad guys to the punch and set up MFA on your online accounts before a hacker does.

Here is a story about one such incident.

A person with an XBOX account had reused a password that he used many places, and the thieves broke in and set up MFA on his account and began using the credit card on file to purchase games. The person was not able to log in and change the account info or remove the credit card info.

The Credit card had not been stolen, but an online account with the info was hijacked and secured by the hacker with a second factor locking out the owner.

Imagine if this happened to your PayPal account or other online services that hold credit card information!


Krebs on Security lists this site in the article for finding out what sites offer 2FA:

Daniel Weatherly
Director of Security Services
Mainstream Technologies Inc.

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