LinkedIn finally joins two-factor authentication club

Caitlin McGarry
3 June, 2013
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If you’re worried that a disgruntled former co-worker will hack your LinkedIn account and add embarrassing details to your resumé, fear not: the social network for professionals has at last added two-factor authentication to prevent such a breach.

All jokes aside, social hacks are on the rise, and the major networks are stepping up – albeit slowly – to add more security hurdles. Twitter only last week added two-factor verification after a series of high-profile hacks of news organisations’ accounts.

LinkedIn’s latest security measure is similar to the one Twitter put in place. Users have to opt in and change their security settings – there is a link to turn on two-step verification, but it’s off by default.

After you turn the feature on, you register your phone number and LinkedIn sends you a text to verify your identity. This will happen every time you try to access your account from a new device, and the network will email you when those attempts happen, just in case it’s not you. LinkedIn on Friday published a step-by-step tutorial for turning on two-factor authentication.

LinkedIn isn’t alone on this

LinkedIn usually isn’t the first social network that comes to mind when you think of hacking attempts, but the network suffered a data breach a few years ago that resulted in more than six million user passwords being posted online.

Security experts recommend two-step authentication because it requires the person accessing your account to have both your password and your mobile device on hand.

Evernote also added two-factor verification this week. Major sites like Facebook, Microsoft and Google have long used the security measure, with Facebook also recently adding a feature that lets you choose a ‘trusted contact‘ to help you get back into your account if it’s hacked.

by Caitlin McGarry, Techhive

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