In recent articles I've shown you how you can protect some of your email accounts with two-step verification (2SV).
But what if you have additional email addresses? Can you protect your other web-based accounts, as well?
The answer is yes... as long as that provider gives you the option of doing so.
Fortunately, given the digital threats confronting users today, many services do. Let's review one such web-based email service provider: Yahoo!
In this guide, I will show you how you can protect your Yahoo! account with two-step verification.
1. Sign into your Yahoo! account.
2. On your account home page, you will find some of the personal information you have shared with Yahoo!, including your name and gender.
To the left, you will find a purple sidebar with several clickable options. Click on the "Account security" option, which is located directly below "Personal info."
3. Yahoo! will ask you to reenter your password in order to view your account security settings. Do so and click on the "Next" button.
4. Your account security page is where you can go to change your Yahoo! password and add recovery emails/phone numbers.
It is also where you can go to activate two-step verification. At the bottom of the page, you will see "Two-step verification" with a clickable switch. Click the switch to turn 2SV on.
5. To enable 2SV, Yahoo! will prompt you to enter in a phone number with which you would like to enable 2SV. Enter in your phone number and confirm whether you would like to receive a verification code via SMS or call. (NOTE: That preference is not permanent and applies to this activation process only.)
6. If you entered your number correctly, Yahoo! will send a verification code to your mobile number via SMS or call. Enter in the code and click the "Verify" button.
7. Congratulations! You're all set!
Yahoo! will display a "Success" dialog box and will also provide you with the option to reconnect certain mobile apps by creating unique app passwords. We're going to skip that process.
8. On your "Account security" page, you will see that the Two-step verification option is now switched to On. Below that feature, you will also see that you can generate an app password to reconnect certain applications like iPhone mail, Outlook, and others if you choose to do so in the future.
Now every time you sign into your account, you will be directed to this page after entering in your username and password.
Specify by which option you would like to receive a verification code. That will lead you to this next page.
Enter in the code, and you will be directed to your account home page.
I strongly recommend enabling two-step verification and (even better) two-factor authentication on your different online accounts when it's available. It's a great method of strengthening your online security and privacy, by making life harder for the hackers.
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