Secure your Social Media With 2FA

by | Continuing Education

Secure your Social Media With 2FA

We all carry identification of one kind or another to prove that we are who we say we are.  How do we prove that when we are online?  A password isn’t enough, they’re the fake ID’s of our time.  Now you need multi factor authentication to prove your online identity.  While 2FA seems daunting, it really isn’t.  In fact, it’s pretty easy to secure your social media with 2FA.

Our example is with Facebook, but most platforms will work in a similar fashion.

Find the menu of your app, website, and get into the settings.  In Facebook, it’s the black down pointing arrow.

Then click on Settings.

From here, in the upper left side of your screen, find Security and Login.  Click that and scroll down until you find Two Factor Authentication.

Click on the edit button on the right side to start the process of turning it on.

Facebook will ask you to decide which method you’d like to use for your 2 Factor.  If you’re already using Google Authenticator or Duo, you can choose that option.  Google Authenticator is a free app, and you can download it from the Play Store or App Store. You can also use the plain old SMS option.

If you have chosen the App option, you’ll enroll your device by use of a QR code.  The app will issue you a code and you plug it into Facebook and you’re secured.  If you opted for SMS, they SMS you a code and type that in.

Whichever method you decide on, you’re now much safer from hackers on Social Media.  Hopefully, today will be the last time I see someone post that they have been hacked.