MultiFactor-850One of the fastest growing crimes in the world is identity theft. From your bank account, email, or social media, adding strong authentication to your password can prevent theft.

Multi-factor authentication (also known as two-factor authentication) adds an additional layer of protection beyond your password. By adding one extra step to your login process, it significantly decreases your risk of a hacker accessing your online accounts.

What types of multi-factor authentication options are available?

Password

Password

A strong password is your first layer of defense. With this in place, you’re ready to add a layer of protection  

SingleUseCode

Single-Use Code

These single-use codes are either sent to your phone or generated by an app on your phone, which generally, only you have access to.

Fingerprint

Fingerprint ID

With fingerprint scanning available on most smartphones and many laptops, adding a fingerprint ID requirement to your logins is powerfully convenient protection.

USB

USB Token

The key is in your pocket. Add a USB Key to your logins to get powerful, high-end protection. Services and apps like Google, Facebook, Dropbox and more support USB keys.

How do I turn on multi-factor authentication?

Multi-factor authentication is a free feature. It can be utilized in the settings of your email, bank or social media apps and websites; however, you have to turn on the feature.

Not sure how to enable this feature in your settings? A comprehensive list of tutorials can be found below.

turn on Multi-factor authentication

Cindy Moyle

Cindy is a Senior Vice President /Information Technology and Operations Director for Heartland Bank. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Outside of the bank, Cindy enjoys spending time with her family and going to garage sales and flea markets.

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