Keep data safe with two-factor authentication. Two-factor authentication is a more complex login process that can help keep your online accounts and the information you store in the cloud safe, writes U.S. News & World Report data reporter Lindsey Cook. Instead of just using a password to login to your accounts, with two-factor authentication you need a password and a second form of identification—usually your cellphone. Many of the apps and online services you use make it easy to set up two-factor authentication. It will also take a bit longer to login once you set it up, but the security improvement is well worth the trouble, says Cook.
— Adapted from “Keep Your Stuff Safer Than JLaw’s,” Lindsey Cook, U.S. News & World Report.