I've been keeping myself rather busy over the last week's evenings with various things as I am wrapping my head around exactly how deeply entrenched I have been, and in some cases still am, into some services that devour my personal details. It is eye opening to say the least. Eye watering in some cases.
Ah, Google. The giant, slowly but quite surely taking over our lives. I don’t know how many of you that use Gmail, Googles e-mail service, but I do (in addition to domain specific non-Google-services that I host myself). Google also has Two Factor Authentication possibilities, and I would suggest you enable them. Now. This is how you go about doing that.
Quite a few people use Dropbox, which is an excellent service. Therefore I figured I should do a similar write-up like I did regarding Facebook, with images and instructions on how you should enable Two Factor Authenticationon Dropbox, or actually, Two-Step Verification as they call it.
Right, Facebook. The one and only, which 2 billion or so people (ok, 1.86 billion) have a love/hate relationship with, or in Facebook lingo: it is complicated. I guess I could write articles on if you should be using Facebook at all, along with any of the big name services out there (Google, Yahoo, Microsoft etc), but as I say, that is probably another set of articles altogether, concerning privacy etc.
In my first article regarding increasing online security for normal people, I covered LastPass. Then in my second article I covered how to use a hardware dongle for Two Factor Authentication (2FA). I also use Google Authenticator for 2FA, which is an app that generates time sensitive security codes.