Use Two Factor Authenticator App To Enhance Account Security

Using a strong password for account’s login credential helps to reduce the risk of account being hacked but usernames and passwords alone are not enough. Do a step further by enabling two-factor authentication (2FA) to strengthen the security.

Use Two Factor Authenticator App To Enhance Account Security. Image: ShutterStock
Use Two Factor Authenticator App To Enhance Account Security. Image: ShutterStock

There are a few apps that generate 2-Step Verification codes on a mobile device to verify your account when you log in. Google Authenticator and Microsoft Authenticator can generate 2-Step verification codes without the need for a network or cellular connection.

Below are the steps to enable two-step verification when login Dropbox using Google Authenticator:

Step 1: Sign in Dropbox.

Step 2: Click your avatar, choose Settings > Security tab.

Step 3: Toggle Two-step verification to On.

Step 4: Click Get started and re-enter your password.

Step 5: Choose Use a mobile app.

Step 6: Use Google Authenticator to scan the barcode provided by Dropbox.

Step 7: Enter the 6-digit code generated by Google Authenticator to enable two-step verification in Dropbox.

Step 8: Next time when you log in to Dropbox, you will need to enter a 6-digit code from Google Authenticator for verification.

Visit Two Factor Auth for list of popular sites that accept two-factor authentication. Choose a category and find out if 2FA by SMS, phone call, email, hardware, and software tokens are supported by the sites.

Google Authenticator for Android
Google Authenticator for iOS

Microsoft Authenticator for Android
Microsoft Authenticator for iOS

More reference:
Google 2-Step Verification
Microsoft Authenticator app Beta Program

Published by Thomas Apel

, a dynamic and self-motivated information technology architect, with a thorough knowledge of all facets pertaining to system and network infrastructure design, implementation and administration. I enjoy the technical writing process and answering readers' comments included.