Every once in a while someone will ask me what is the best security advice.
The long answer is “it depends on your threat model,” which is just a fancy way of saying what’s good security advice for the vast majority isn’t necessarily what nuclear scientists and government spies require.
My short answer is, “turn on two-factor.” Yet, nobody believes me.
Ask almost any cybersecurity professional and it’ll likely rank as more important than using unique or strong passwords. Two-factor, which adds an additional step in your usual log-in process by sending a unique code to a device you own, is the greatest defense between a hacker and your online account data.
But don’t take my word for it. Google data out this week shows how valuable even the weakest, simplest form of two-factor can be against attacks.
The research, with help from New York University and the University of … Read the rest