Doug Bedell — September 12, 2020, 9:56 am

Consider ‘Two-Factor Security’ for Computer Messaging

Two-factor authentication – having a layer of security beyond a username and password – can enhance the safety of computer messaging, including the Zoom video-conferencing tool, Graham Cluley on his Hot For Security blog advises.

Passwords alone can be deciphered and stolen by determined hackers, especially when they’re used thoughtlessly.

“• People often choose weak or commonly-used passwords,
“• People often choose passwords that can be guessed or easily cracked.
“• Many people make the mistake of reusing the same password in different places.”

So Zoom has added 2FA for access to its computer conferencing service, and it’s a technique that’s well-worth considering for other styles of digital communication, Cluley explains. “With the feature enabled users won’t be able to sign in to the Zoom web portal, desktop client, mobile app, or Zoom Room without their code.”

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