Are You Doing The 2FA Two-Step? Two Factor Authentication Is Where’s It At…
Are you 2FA’ing? Well…are ya? If I have to explain 2FA – also called two factor authentication – chances are you’re not. But you should be and here’s why.
IT STOPS HACKERS FROM HACKING.
Well…almost all the time. It’s like having two locks on a door, and a separate key for each. Like a safety deposit box in your bank where you hide your false passports, money in case you gotta be on the lamb for awhile, and secret photos that implicate a powerful political figure.
Would you let anyone without your key have access? No. Then why you do have only one lock on your email, Dropbox, Paypal, Evernote, Amazon Web Services, Twitter, Facebook, Buffer, Mailchimp, WordPress site, Slack…and so much more. (A full list of site who are 2FA compliant can be found here.)
What is 2FA – Why Do I Need It
Two factor authentication is really 3 things – username, password and security token. I did a most excellent explainer video on it – check it out.
The Two Factor Challenge – Break In And Win $500
Here you go – let’s put it to the test. I am going to give you the username and password for Break In And Win. I have a draft email in there with a unique phrase. If you can break in – you win. $500. That’s right – $500.
Here’s the username: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s the password: Break#In#And#Win1
Your mission – should you choose to accept it – is to defeat Google’s two step verification – also known as 2FA. I’m putting Google to the test as much as I am you. To claim the prize you also have to disclose how you did it. (That’s the fine print lawyers love to refer to.)
Ready – Set – Go
The clock starts now. I put my money where my mouth is so you don’t have to later. Kick the tires, take it for a test drive. Trust me, once you try this you’re gonna wanna keep it.
That’s the 2FA two-step.