Google 2-Factor Authentication Scam Alert

Back in 2003 Bill Gates predicted the demise of the password, well that’s one thing he got wrong! Every year, and to those who missed it May 6th was “World Password Day”, our passwords strategies need to become more sophisticated and as we always advise wherever possible use 2-Factor Authentication/Verification. Most will be familiar with the text message or email with a code to login to certain websites etc. According to Microsoft, 99.9% of accounts which were compromised did not use multi-factor authentication. To this end Google service users may have noticed an email from them notifying that 2-Factor Verification, which is currently an option, will soon be automatically turned on. And, although some may see this as a bit of a hassle from a security perspective we welcome the move and ask all readers to embrace 2-Factor Verification wherever possible and to stay safe,

ALWAYS TURN ON 2 FACTOR AUTHENTICATION/VERIFCATION

Tips and Advice

  • Are your passwords up to scratch? – Check out our video on strong passwords
  • Check your accounts – Most online accounts have in the Security Setting the option to turn on2 or multi factor verification, its worth checking your accounts to see if you have activated it
  • Personal means private! – Do not divulge personal details unless you are certain who you are sharing it with
  • Contact – your bank or credit card company if you have already given out financial details
  • ID Protection –  If you’re worried about identity fraud and would like to protect your identity contact CIFAS
  • Still Unsure? – Call Reassura 0800 888 6400 and one of our fraud advisor’s will help you to stay safe

 

To report a fraud and receive a police crime reference number call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use their online fraud reporting tool.

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