Anyone who’s suffered a social media hijack will tell you how tough it is to regain control of an account. Why is it so hard to prove you’ve been hacked and get your online life back to normal? Think back to the day you created your Facebook or Twitter account. You provided no ID, no address, and no proof of your legal name; witness Facebook profiles with names like Laika DeadEnd or BigBooty Joody. So if you get hacked, good luck proving you’re the rightful owner – even if you’ve used your proper name.
Two-step verification means you’ll have to enter a randomly-generated number – sent to your smartphone by sms – anytime you attempt to log into your account from a new device. It’s not for the faint of heart. You need access to your smartphone to make it work. There are fall-back methods for getting back in if you lose your phone, but they all rely on us being organized enough to have recorded the “secret sauce” when we instituted this added security feature.
I like Evernote’s video on two-step verification – it’s the best I’ve come across. Watching it will help you decide if the added security is right for you. If you want to skip the video and try this out with Twitter, here are the instructions.