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How to Sign Up for Two-Step Verification on 11 Major Sites

Two Step Verification

The “Heartbleed” bug, an encryption flaw that could expose usernames and passwords stored on about two-thirds of Internet servers, has given the Web-surfing world cause for concern and plenty of password changes. But there’s another step you should always take where possible to keep yourself safe online: two-step verification. Two-step verification is offered by just about every major Web service nowadays (with exceptions for Amazon and AOL, and a few financial institutions, all who should get working on that ASAP). When you’ve activated it, and there’s never a reason not to, you’ll be prompted to enter a special code—generally sent via text message—whenever you (or someone else) attempts to log in to your account from an unknown device. Some services even let you set it to require a code at every single login, though that probably isn’t necessary.

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Shelly Palmer is the host of NBC Universal’s Live Digital with Shelly Palmer, a weekly half-hour television show about living and working in a digital world. He is Fox 5′s (WNYW-TV New York) Tech Expert and the host of United Stations Radio Network’s, MediaBytes, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment.