Pinterest is the latest service rolling out two-factor security. The company announced this morning that a two-factor option would be available for all accounts within “the next few weeks,” letting users add an additional security check every time they log in.
Two-factor on Pinterest works pretty much like two-factor everywhere else: those who have enabled it will have to type in both their password and a short code sent to them in a text message every time they attempt to log into the site or app.
If a service supports two-factor, you should enable it
The feature makes it harder for an account to be stolen. With two-factor enabled, a hacker can’t steal an account using just its password — they’d also have to be in possession of the phone the additional code is being sent to (or jump through some additional complications to intercept the code). Enabling two-factor does make logging in take a bit more work, but the security benefits are worth it.
Pinterest is also providing a two-factor option that can make getting the code a bit less annoying and a bit more secure. Rather than getting it sent by text message, it can be delivered through a push notification from the two-factor app Authy.
In addition to two factor, Pinterest is also rolling out email alerts for new logins and the ability to see a list of all devices logged into your account.
More and more services have been adding two-factor security over the past few years. And at this point, most major online services support it. That includes Facebook, Instagram, Apple IDs, Twitter, Amazon, and Google. Again, it’s a bit more work to sign in once you have two-factor enabled, but it’ll go a long way toward protecting your accounts. You can read our how-to guide on two-factor setup for help getting started.