LinkedIn Implements Two-Step Authentication Process To Protect Users’ Accounts

LinkedIn, a professional social networking website, is the latest Internet company to enact the two-step authentication process to ensure their websites and users are safe from cyberattacks.

Its users can choose to add the two-step verification process to their accounts, giving them additional security in the sign-in process when they log in from a device the server does not recognize.  When users enact this feature, they’ll be asked to type in a numeric code that has been sent via a SMS to their phone when they’ve logged onto a device or computer the server hasn’t recognized.

The majority of comprised Internet accounts happen because a device or computer has illegally accessed the server.  When the two-part authentication is put into action, it makes it harder for people, who do not have authorization to the account, to access it because the accounts need both the password and SMS message number to log into it.

Users can turn on this process by going into their settings page for security options. After the enabling of the feature, LinkedIn will send out a code one time per device. An email is sent out to the user each time the account is accessed through an unknown device.

This change follows Twitter’s recently enacted two-step authentication process to stave off additional hacking attempts of the popular blogging site. Security experts have been seeking for companies to implement this process for quite some time.

Sometime last year, millions of LinkedIn users’ passwords were posted on a Russian hacker website, prompting the website to issue warnings about the need for password changes.

Many other companies – Facebook, Google and Apple – have also set up the two-step authentication process for their users.

Security experts have said the two-factor authentication process gives some additional security but it’s not perfect.  An email phishing attack could give hackers the opportunity to gain access to accounts, just by sending them a fake login page for the users’ recently received code.

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1 Comment for “LinkedIn Implements Two-Step Authentication Process To Protect Users’ Accounts”

  1. I blocked text messaging because unsolicited advertisements were the primary content received. I guess I’ll have to drop Linked In, Facebook and others who insist on using SMS.

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