Usually, if something looks too good to be true, it is. And this is exactly what's happening right now with Fortnite, Epic Games' smash-hit with its free-to-play Battle Royale mode. The Fortnite in-game currency, Vbucks, is the only way to buy the cosmetic items, such as outfits, gliders, pickaxes and emotes. But Vbucks cost real money for the most part. What you earn in the game doesn't go that far. Enter the unscrupulous people of the internet and multiple "free-Vbucks, click-here" scams. Here's the thing: There are no free Vbucks. Epic Games has confirmed this. Unless you're winning some in a competition from, say, a well-known streamer, the freebies don't exist. It's all a scam to get your Epic Games account login. The first thing to do to protect yourself is don't click on any of these links. Never, ever. But the other thing you can, and definitely should do, is to add two-factor authentication, a.k.a, 2FA. Also, if you have any payment information stored in your Epic account, … [Read more...] about How to enable two-factor authentication (2FA) on your Fortnite account
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Twitter can be a powerful mouthpiece for yourself, your brand, or your business — and an even more powerful weapon if your login credentials fall into the wrong hands. You can protect your account by enabling Twitter's two-factor authentication options: Here's how. To prevent your Twitter account from being compromised by enterprising hoodlums or hackers, there are a couple options available to you. Send a code to your phone number When you log in to your Twitter account via app or Web browser, you can get the service to send you a code to your phone number that you must first input before gaining access to your account. Setting it up is easy: On the Twitter.com website, click your profile picture and then select Account. On your mobile device within the Twitter app, tap your profile picture, then select Account and then Security. On the website, tick the Verify login requests checkbox. (If you don't have a phone number on file, you'll have to add it under the Mobile … [Read more...] about How to set up two-factor authentication (2FA) for Twitter
You might think your password is impossible to guess, but for greater security it's a good idea to set up two-factor authentication (2FA). Once you have this system in place, a hacker would need more than your username and password to access your account - they would also need access to your iPhone to obtain a security code. In this article explain what 2FA is, the advantages it offers over traditional security setups, and how to set up 2FA for your Apple ID. What does two-factor authentication do? 2FA adds an extra level of security. You enter your password as before, but on top of that Apple will send you a numerical code, by text message or via an alert on your Mac screen, that you have to use too. It's much more difficult to hack. This is different to two-step verification, which Apple added after celebrities started getting their iCloud accounts hacked. (You might have set it up if you were particularly concerned about your security.) Apple introduced two-step verification in a … [Read more...] about Improve your Mac and iPhone security with two-factor authentication
Reader Sandie has a iPad and a Windows 10 system, and wondered how to use Apple’s two-factor authentication (2FA) with that setup. Apple doesn’t offer 2FA tools under Windows, but you don’t need a Mac or a second iOS device to get the advantages.Setting up 2FA on a single device is relatively easy, because the assumption is that you don’t have a second device ready yet, and you can validate yourself through a code sent via text message or read aloud to you by a computer-generated voice on a call placed to a phone number you provide.After that, any attempt to log into an account on an iOS or macOS device that isn’t yet trusted (or hasn’t been recently validated) results in a location dialog on all of your iOS and macOS devices that are linked to the same Apple ID asking you to allow or reject the authentication request.But you can also bypass that. With a Web login, for instance, you can click or tap the Didn’t Get a Verification Link. That … [Read more...] about Can Windows be used with Apple’s two-factor authentication?
Facebook’s two-factor authentication (2FA) system has come under fire today for some bizarre design elements that seem to have gone largely unnoticed for quite some time. Bay Area software engineer Gabriel Lewis noticed earlier this week that Facebook was using the same phone number he used for 2FA, which offers a more secure way to log into an online account by asking for secondary confirmation of the user’s identity, to notify him about friends’ posts. Even worse, it seems that replying to this message with any message, such as “Please stop,” auto-posts that message to your Facebook profile. (It doesn’t cause the messages to stop, either.) The Verge confirmed that this behavior occurs with any reply to a Facebook 2FA text message, and other users have popped up on Twitter to say both Facebook and Instagram have spammed them with notifications to their 2FA phone number. In Lewis’ case, he says he never opted in to notifications via text … [Read more...] about Facebook’s two-factor authentication system auto-posts replies on your profile