Everybody Should 2FA

Learn why everyone should change their passwords, not reuse passwords across sites, and turn on two-factor authentication (2FA) wherever it's available.

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Everybody Should 2FA

Our belief is — and has always been — that everyone should change their passwords, not reuse passwords across sites, and turn on two-factor authentication (2FA) wherever it's available. That’s why our new mantra is “Everybody Should 2FA!

In our new video, narrator Simon Thorpe, Twilio’s Director of Product Marketing for Authentication, discusses how deeply the internet is infused in every aspect of our daily lives. From gaming to studying. From banking to shopping. From making new friends to staying in touch across continents. With so much exposure, there’s an increased potential for our digital lives to be hijacked or co-opted by someone else.

The video is just under two-and-a-half minutes long, but if you’re short on time, here are the top takeaways:

  • Too many people use very simple passwords, and then reuse an identical password across many sites and accounts, making it much easier for bad guys to break in. Don’t do it.
  • You can make the longest, most complex password in the world but if someone hacks the site you use it on, downloads all user information and saves it to a disk, it won’t matter how clever your password is. You’ve been exposed and are vulnerable.
  • To enable a second factor of authentication, look for the 2FA instructions in the “settings” or ”account” area of a site you’re visiting. Not every site supports Authy’s 2FA; some sites may offer to text you a code via SMS. And while SMS isn’t the most secure option for 2FA, it’s still far better than using no 2FA at all.
  • Protect yourself with something stronger than just a username and password. View our 2FA user guides to get started with some of the most popular sites.