two-factor authentication

Instagram Will Update Two-Factor Authentication to Not Use SMS Codes

According to a new report from TechCrunch, Instagram is working on a new, more secure method of two-factor authentication that would not require a user's phone number. The social media platform will supposedly let you authenticate with code-generating apps like Google Authenticator. It seems as though the company has been working on this feature for...

Reddit Adds Support for Two-Factor Authentication

Reddit has finally rolled out support for two-factor authentication (2FA) after months of beta testing. The feature adds a second layer of security by prompting users to enter a 6-digit verification code generated by your phone after entering your account password. Reddit’s 2FA feature works on desktop, mobile, and third-party apps. However, using the feature […]

Twitter Adds Support For Two-Factor Authentication Via Third-Party Apps

Today, Twitter has announced an update to two-factor authentication (2FA) which finally brings support for third-party apps. Twitter's login verification feature will let you rely on apps like Google Authenticator and Authy. Previously, users would have to rely on a code sent via text message. This is important because SMS-based 2FA, although it’s tied to...

Why Adding Two-Factor Authentication to Find My iPhone is Complicated

Kapil Haresh, a graduate student student at the University of Waterloo studying software engineering with a specialization in cryptography, security, and privacy, posted a piece on Medium detailing what he believes to be limitations in Apple’s two-factor authentication (2FA) implementation. He also released a video of the limitation on YouTube. He realized that 2FA is...

Apple May Soon Have to Abandon SMS Two-Factor Authentication in USA

What seemed to be a good thing to have, SMS-based two-factor-authentication employed by Apple and other companies, is considered deprecated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, or NIST, the US agency that sets guidelines and rules in cryptography and security matters (via Engadget, TechCrunch). In the latest draft of its Digital Authentication Guidelines,...

How to Switch to Apple’s Two-Factor Authentication

Apple started to roll out their newer, much improved two-factor authentication system last year. The principle of the system did not changed much, but the execution is much more refined. Two-factor authentication is a method of authentication relying on two different components. This secondary device would receive a one time use code whenever a new...

Apple Revamps Two-Factor Authentication for iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan

According to a detailed support page, Apple is introducing a revamped two-factor authentication system with the third betas of iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan. The new two-factor authentication system is different from Apple’s existing two-step verification system, using different methods to trust devices and deliver verification codes. The company says that the...