It’s the stuff of YouTube nightmares, and it happens when you least expect it…
Just imagine the scene: You wake up in the morning,the sun’s shining, birds singing and you’ve just a got a feelin’ it’s going to be a great day! You casually head over to your computer, open YouTube and go to log in to your account. Then it hits…you’ve been hacked!
We hear this tale all too often here at BBTV, and want to make sure you’re doing everything you can to protect yourself against the bad guys. This brings us to this week’s BBTV Tip focused on YouTube Account Safety – Setting Up Two-Step Verification.
Getting hacked is easier than you think. Any of these common actions could put you at a real risk of having your password stolen:
- Using the same password on more than one site
- Downloading software from the internet
- Clicking on links in email messages
Two-step authentication is one of the best things you can do to make sure your accounts don’t get hacked, mixing both something you know (i.e. your password), with something you have (i.e. your phone).
How it works:
Enter your username and password as you always do whenever you sign in to YouTube. Then you’ll be asked to enter a code that will be sent to your phone via text, voice call, or mobile app. Only after you enter this will you get access to your account.
If you’re prone to misplacing your phone, you can also add a second number as a backup.
While there’s no question that two-step verification adds a bit of a hassle to your digital comings and goings, it’s a slight inconvenience when you weigh the alternative.
You can also tell YouTube to remember a particular computer, so from then on when you sign in via that computer you’ll only be asked for your password. You’ll still be covered because when you or someone else tries to sign in to your account from another computer, a verification code will still be required.
So remember, two-step verification adds a critical extra layer of security to your YouTube account, drastically reducing the chances of having the personal information in your account stolen. To break into an account with two-step verification, bad guys would not only have to know your username and password, they’d also have to get a hold of your phone.
So be smart and make sure your YouTube account protection is on lock!
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