Two-Factor Authentication (supposedly patented by Kim DotCom)– using a password plus “something else” to gain access to your account and to prevent lost, stolen, or guessed passwords from impacting you — is finally becoming fashionable.
First, it was a cool idea, then some places such as LuxSci started supporting it, but it was rarely used due to people not wanting to bother with an extra step to login to their accounts. Now, with Twitter adding 2-factor authentication to help stem the tide of account compromises, security is now fashionable.
This turn about is really fantastic as it brings security consciousness much more into the mainstream — so much so that popular Radio hosts are talking on the air about how to secure accounts. This can only be good for the adoption of better security practices overall and a decrease in compromises due to laziness … and in cases like HIPAA, laziness can be a terrible thing.
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