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Security - Two Factor Authentication

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Account security is an important topic in our highly computerized world. To secure your online accounts a simple username/password authentication is not seen as secure anymore. A wide spread solution to this insecurity is the so called two factor authentication. Beside the username/password factor another factor is used to login into your account or make security relevant changes to your account, which requires input which can't be derived from your online account itself, even if the provider is getting hacked.

 

Swyx Forum offered already for some time an additional security factor, a special security question you will be asked every time your want to make security relevant changes to your Swyx Forum account. You are able to configure up to three questions and their answers within your "Account Settings - Account Security".

 

Another security factor has just been introduced to Swyx Forum, the Google Authenticator. This is a mobile app for your iOS or Android device, which provides a random 6 digit number you have to enter every time you want to make security relevant changes to your Swyx Forum account. Links into the app stores and information on how to link the Google Authenticator to your Swyx Forum account can be found within your "Account Settings - Account Security".

 

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Beside the Google Authenticator Swyx Forum now also offers Authy as another security factor to secure your account.

 

Authy can be used with any mobile or landline phone as it uses either SMS or actual phone calls to provide a required security token.

 

When enabling Authy as additional account security, you will be asked for your phone number to get it connected with Swyx Forum:

 

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If any time later your try to change any security related configuration, you will receive an SMS or phone call which provides a security token (number) which you have to enter into Swyx Forum.

 

 

 

You can also install the Authy app on your mobile phone and create an Authy account (which will also be connected with your phone number).

In this case you will get a push notification from Swyx Forum which will open the Authy app on your phoneto  either approve or deny the attempt to modify your Swyx Forum security settings.

 

 

You can download the Authy app from the stores:

 

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Authy brings the future of strong authentication to the convenience of your Android device. The Authy app generates secure 2 step verification tokens on your device. It help’s you protect your account from hackers and hijackers by adding an additional layer of security. Why Authy is the best multi factor authentication app: - Secure Cloud Backups: Did you lose your device and...

 

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‎Authy brings the future of two-factor authentication to the convenience of your iPhone or iPad. The Authy app generates secure 2 step verification tokens on your device. It help’s you protect your account from hackers and hijackers by adding an additional layer of security. Why Authy is the best…

 

 

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