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Tech Tips: Add 2nd layer of protection online

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NEW YORK – IF the Heartbleed security threat teaches us anything, it’s that passwords don’t offer total protection.

Browsers are supposed to keep passwords and other sensitive data safe, but a technical flaw in a widely used padlock security technology allows hackers to grab the information anyway. Even without this latest discovery, there have been countless disclosures of hackers breaking in to grab usernames and passwords, plus credit card numbers and more.

That’s why many security experts recommend a second layer of authentication — typically in the form of a numeric code sent as a text message. If you’re logging in to a website from your laptop, for example, you enter your password first. Then you type in the code you receive via text to verify that it’s really you and not a hacker.

Published in the Jamaica Observer
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