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Instagram two-factor authentication app support is now live

Securing your account logins with two-factor authentication (2FA) is a very healthy online habit to get into, but it can be annoying when services decide to only send the codes via SMS. An authentication app isn't only more convenient, it's also safer because regular messages could still be intercepted or forwarded. For a while now, Instagram was one of very few accounts I use that only supported 2FA via SMS, but proper authentication app support was promised recently, and now it appears to be rolling out.

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Instagram is finally rolling out support for two-factor authentication apps

With a billion monthly active users and immense cultural influence, it's surprising that Instagram is only now rolling out a fairly standard modern security feature: support for two-factor authentication apps. Still, following the better-late-than-never mentality, the the roughly eight-year-old social platform announced the feature is now rolling out, giving its users a better way to secure their logins. Along with this much-anticipated change come new public info pages about large Instagram accounts, and an easily accessible verification request form.

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Android Messages 3.2 adds 2FA code copy shortcuts [APK Download]

Two-factor authentication is a great way to make your accounts more secure, but using SMS messages for the codes is a bit of a hassle: request code, switch apps, copy code, switch apps, paste code (or read and remember the code, but what is this, the 1840s?). Android Messages has a new trick that makes the process a little easier: it now parses 2FA codes from texts and presents the option to copy them with a single tap.

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Why you should change your Twitter and GitHub passwords now

It’s time to update your Twitter and GitHub passwords. Both services have confirmed that usernames and passwords were saved unmasked in plain text in internal logs. This is not a security breach, but users are advised to create a new password as a precautionary measure.

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G Suite admins can now adjust web session durations, force 2FA prompts for every login

By default, G Suite web sessions are automatically signed out of after two weeks. But to better tailor to each company, Google is now allowing G Suite admins to specify a more precise session length from a dropdown list. Additionally, admins can also now force two-factor authentication prompts to pop up on every sign-in for better security.

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AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile reveal details about 'next-generation' two-factor authentication

It has been proven time and time again that using SMS for two-factor authentication isn't very secure. While it's certainly better than having no 2FA at all, working around it only takes someone fooling a carrier into sending them a SIM card meant for you. Likely due to so many of these accidents occurring, all major US carriers began working to improve mobile 2FA last year.

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[Update: Now in stable] Authy adds fingerprint support for app protection in latest beta

The internet is a dangerous place, and two-factor authentication (2FA) is one of the best ways to keep your accounts secure. It's a real pain to manage, though. Authy makes 2FA slightly less annoying, and it's getting a long-awaited feature today in the beta. You can now secure the app with a fingerprint.

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Twitter can finally do two-factor authentication without SMS

In this age of data breaches and keylogging malware, passwords might not be enough to secure your accounts. That's where two-factor authentication (2FA) comes into play. These single-use codes can keep your data safe, but not all services support 2FA in the standard way. Case in point, Twitter sends a text message for 2FA codes even after you set up an authentication app. So annoying, but you can finally turn SMS off.

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AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint are working together to improve mobile two-factor authentication

When it comes to two-factor authentication, SMS isn't exactly the most secure method. Thankfully, AT&T and Verizon just announced a partnership today with T-Mobile and Sprint to improve the security of mobile authentication. Carriers rarely work together, but it would appear that this is a vital enough concern for customers to encourage collaboration. 

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Dropbox adds mobile prompts for two-step verification

Choosing a strong password to protect your online accounts is a good idea, but the best way to keep your data secure is to enable two-factor authentication (sometimes called two-step verification) on the accounts that support it. This usually requires you to enter a code sent to you by SMS or generated by an app, and this has long been true of Dropbox's two-factor system. Now, Dropbox is making it easier to access your account securely by adding mobile prompts for two-factor.

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