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Post# 925802   3/9/2017 at 03:11 (467 days old) by liberatordeluxe (Chelmsford, United Kingdom)        

Does anyone use Google two factor verification to keep their email account? Isn't it supposed to be more secure than using a recovery secondary email?

Post# 925859 , Reply# 1   3/9/2017 at 15:20 (467 days old) by kb0nes (Burnsville, MN)        

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I've been using 2-factor log in for Gmail for a couple years now. I do have my home computers set up to bypass the authentication, but any other computers I do the 2-factor on.

A 2nd recovery email isn't the same thing. Two factor authentication is all about making it much more difficult for a hacker gaining access to your account. You log in normally then Google sends a message to your mobile phone. Then you either enter the code they texted to you or authenticate by hitting a yes button on the phone. This system is almost foolproof, but there have been cases where a hacker will 'hack' the users mobile phone and forward the number before trying to compromise the account. I'm not paranoid enough to think anyone would ever go to that extreme for what is in my email.

A secondary recovery email is something you have set up also. If by some chance you get locked out of your account, then that email comes into play. That is more like the hidden door key under the boulder in the back yard.

If you use any online service that offers 2-factor authentication it is likely wise to use it. It is also wise to not link all your accounts together, so if one ever somehow gets compromised, they don't gain access to them all.

It is good to be safe, but for most of us the likely hood of hack is a lot like getting struck my lightning, very unlikely.

Post# 925875 , Reply# 2   3/9/2017 at 17:38 (466 days old) by kimball455 (Cape May, NJ)        

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In addition to Google 2-factor log on (code sent to phone) I have the same system set up for other sites including health records. It really does cut down on the possibility of being compromised. It is similar to a one time key as used in cryptology. Included is a link for information about the one time key. Key fobs of doing this kind of authentication have been around for a while.



Post# 926194 , Reply# 3   3/11/2017 at 07:54 (465 days old) by Liberatordeluxe (Chelmsford, United Kingdom)        

Thanks to you both for your replies.

Seeing as we are talking about Email, how do you rate GMX email compared to Outlook or Gmail?

Post# 926199 , Reply# 4   3/11/2017 at 09:01 (465 days old) by iej (Ireland)        

Yeah I've been using it for a long time.
It's pretty solid has become easier to use with push notifications to your smartphone to authenticate instead of having to key codes.

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