Manually setting up a 2FA security is surprisingly easy and can be accomplished in just 3 minutes! In this video, Josh walks you through the entire process on Twitter as well as addresses problems that may be encountered during the manual setup. Watch until the end to make sure you hear TWO IMPORTANT pieces of advice regarding 2FA.
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If you are someone who wants to add an extra layer of security to your account, setup a 2FA security! Learn more on how to do it here.
Google Authenticator is one of many apps that creates a 2FA security on your mobile device. It requires further verification of user identities before giving access to the account.
The way it works is that before you can successfully sign in, you’ll need a code issued by the Google Authenticator app, in addition to your password.
So, with the 2-step Verification, your account can still be protected EVEN if your password gets stolen.
But what if you are given a QR code to scan ON your phone FROM your phone? Don’t worry! Josh will walk you through the surprisingly easy process on how to manually setup a 2FA security in just 3 minutes!
Resources for Setting up a 2FA Security
This tutorial used the Google Authenticator app, however, there are also other authentication apps mentioned in the beginning of the video. Here are all the links to these resources that you can use:
- Google Authenticator: A 2FA for your Google Account.
- Microsoft Authenticator: A 2FA used in any Microsoft products as well as any sites or apps that use 2FA authentication.
- Authy: A 2FA that supports more platforms.
Something you should consider
If you want to FURTHER increase the security of your account, consider using a physical key like YubiKey! It may not be free but it is much harder to compromise than authenticator apps. Learn more about it here.