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It appears millions of Gmail account credentials have been compromized and over 5 million usernames and passwords have been leaked (though it’s not believed that Google or Gmail were directly breached). Although the official details are still pending, a security breach of this level raises an important question – How secure are you?
If you are one of the tens of millions that use Gmail, you should, no doubt, check to see if your personal information has been released. However, even if your info wasn’t released (and especially if it was), there are still ways you can and should protect yourself and your online accounts.
The best way to protect yourself is to use “two-factor” or “dual-factor” authentication on your accounts (don’t worry we’ll explain what that is in a second).
First let’s make sure you have not been affected by the most recent hack by clicking this secure link and simply entering your email address: https://securityalert.knowem.com/
Two-Factor is better than one
Two-factor authentication isn’t the future of password identification; it is our present reality. You may have the most creative combination of letters, numbers and don’t forget that special character, but in the end hacks happen all too often to take the risk of only having a username and password (no matter how strong) protecting your online accounts.
How it works is simple. Two-factor authentication uses two components. One: your password (obviously), and the other provided on a device such as your phone or tablet. After you enter your password you will get a code sent to your phone (or retrieved from an app, such as Google Authenticator), and only after you enter the code will you be granted access to your account.
The reason this is so important is, even if someone has your username and password, unless they have your physical authentication device with them, they’ll be stopped dead in their tracks. Although it is indeed an extra step it is worth the extra 7 or so seconds of your time to ensure your account safety. To start using two-factor authentication download Google Authenticator here.
Miva Merchant 9 steps up to the plate
Miva Merchant Version 9, set to launch in the fall, has the option to provide TOTP (Time Based One-time Password) to provide the same two-factor authentication (and it even works with Google Authenticator). A combination of your username, password and authenticator code (a simple numerical code entry) will grant you access with extra insurance that your account is safe and secure. The password provided is time sensitive and sent directly to your personal devise to ensure you and only you can do your best to prevent hacking and ultimately fraud.
Whether you are a Miva platform user or not; you’re a member of the cyber world, which means you are vulnerable to having your online accounts compromised.
Secure your accounts using the two-factor authentication option and be on your way to successful and secure account management.