Our social media accounts are increasingly filled with sensitive information that we’d rather not have anyone get their hands on, and two-factor authentication is one of the best ways to ensure that your information stays safe.

What is two-factor authentication?

Two-factor authentication, sometimes referred to as 2FA, is a process whereby web services gain secondary access to the account holder in order to verify login attempts. In other words, it’s a way of an app getting in touch on a kind of online “second number” to make sure that you are the person at the door.

2FA is useful because would-be hackers often only have access to one of your accounts, and cannot verify their identity as yours, which prohibits them from gaining access to your information.

Facebook

In the mobile app, tap on the three lines to gain access to your personal settings. Under “Settings”, look for “Security and Login”. Tap on “Use two-factor authentication” to register your phone number and receive a login code when there is an attempt to sign into your account, or two receive a push notification that allows or denies access.

Twitter

In the mobile app, tap on your personal avatar to access your profile. Head to the “Settings and privacy” menu, then tap on “Account” and then on “Security”. Tap on “Login verification” to set up your phone number as your second line of defence. Twitter will send a text message with a code to verify your identity, should someone try to log into your account.

Instagram

In the mobile app, click on the icon at the bottom of the screen that takes you to your profile. Tap on the menu in the upper-right corner. Under “Account” you should see an option called “Two-Factor Authentication”. Tap on “Require Security Code”, and you will receive a text message containing a login code on your cellphone every time you sign into your account.

It may seem simple, but two-factor authentication is one of the very best ways to protect your social media accounts against hackers. Avoid all of the hassle by setting it up today.

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