Two-factor Passwords - The easiest route to stronger online security
Two-factor passwords take the stress out of online security by putting expert-grade passwords well within the reach of the non-technical majority and the privacy conscious.
What are two-factor passwords?
Two-factor passwords are passwords that are easily generated by combining two things known only to you. Two-factor passwords meet the requirements of security experts:
Two-factor passwords are long and strong
Two-factor passwords are unique
Two-factor passwords are not stored or recorded anywhere
Why should I care about two-factor passwords?
Using two-factor passwords help us all to be much more secure online. They have all of the benefits of a software-based password management system with none of the technicalities or risk.
Who should use two-factor passwords?
Two-factor passwords have been designed for those who are unable or unwilling to use a conventional password management system, and for those for whom storing or recording passwords anywhere is simply not an option. Examples include:
Anyone who would describe themselves as ‘non-technical’
Anyone who is currently memorising passwords
Anyone who is using online banking
Anyone who is securing a system whose T&Cs forbid passwords to be recorded
Anyone who is trading in cryptocurrency
Anyone that is nervous about storing their passwords in another country or the cloud
Anyone that needs bullet-proof password security that never physically exists
Are two-factor passwords useful to the tech-savvy?
Two-factor passwords are also useful to the tech-savvy when passwords are required in places beyond the reach of a conventional password manager. Examples include:
Home wi-fi network
Password manager vault
Mac OS App Store
Device start-up and lock screen
Data backup encryption
Public/Private key pairs
Corporate network (SSO)
How do I start using two-factor passwords?
Complete the following steps to start securing your online world with strong, unique and protected two-factor passwords. You’ll be up and running in no time.
Step 1: Check out this short 2-minute tutorial
Step 2: Get your free edition of the Little Book of Password Hints (PDF format e-book)
Step 3: Feedback
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