a multi factor authentication requires at least two sets of credentials. This is typically something you know (e. g. a password) and something you own (e. g. a token generator or mobile phone), but could also be something you are (a biometric).

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How To Stop A Mobile Verification Attack

I am thinking of using mobile phone number verification for the sign up step in my web application but how do I prevent a hacker or a malicious user from sending mobile verification requests to an ...
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Jump Servers for security

In my network, I have the clients directly connected to the server; but in the new PCI policies, they required to use jump servers. What is the advantage of using jump servers for security reasons? ...
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Use Public Key or Password and PAM verification code

So I've been reading more and more about how (relatively) easy it is to have your Ubuntu server compromised and suffice to say have become a tad paranoid by this fact. I've setup Multi Factor ...
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Is it less secure to require password and phone on sign in?

I'm concerned about the security of a system that requires its users to enter both their "email & password" and also their registered phone number which has to be verified upon each login. To me ...
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Regarding 2 factor authentication and adding new devices. Which one of these is safer?

Let's say I have a mobile device with google authenticator which uses TOTP, which I use everytime to log in into my personal accounts. If I want to add a second device. I would need to have access to ...
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What's the best way to implement phone-based 2FA

Some websites (for ex. Google) call you and you hear an recorded number, which you have to type in your computer. Some websites (for ex. Amazon) display a number on your computer which you have to ...
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Secure PIN verification if HTTPS is decryptable by third party

I'm developing a system where mobile applications communicate with server through HTTPS. The communication consists of two phases: at first, app "registers" at server: among other stuff, user chooses ...
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How safe is this “Multidimensional-Encryption method” (includes xAES, familiar from Unseen.is)?

I would like to ask about this encryption method that I found: USPTO patent and it is related to this question here: A service that claims beyond army level encryption Didn't see any updates on this ...
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What extra security does a 2-step website login process with a PIN provide?

I am currently working on a web application with a significant security risk attached to its function. We're using Microsoft Identity Framework to handle user logins, with the system forcing strong ...
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Is using the 2FA secret on the same machine as using the credentials, removing one factor of 2FA?

In other words: Is saving or using the two-factor authentication (2FA) secret on the same machine to generate one-time passwords (OTP), breaking the two-factor authentication (2FA) concept since it's ...
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How is two step authentication done in Europe without SMS?

I've heard that SMS use in Europe isn't even close to how much it's used in the US. How do they do two step authentication when a user forgets their password? Is it as simple as just using a robocall ...
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What security does the new option for two factor authentication that Google offers enforce?

Google has announced a new option for two factor authentication - a popup message. How does this improve security?
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Which verification method should I choose: SMS or call?

I want to enable Two-Factor Authentication for my outlook account, but I'm not sure which method should I choose or in other words which method is more secure? Like I said there are two options: text ...
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Periodic password change needed when using 2-step verification?

I know that it's considered good online security hygiene to change one's login passwords every 6 months or so. Is that needed on sites with 2-step verification? Isn't the 2nd step what will keep my ...
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Why don't PGP and SSH keys see more widespread use as a second factor when authenticating?

One of the major up-and-coming MFA methods is U2F, which relies on an initial key exchange and challenge-response mechanism. It's a relatively new protocol, and is only starting to see more ...
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Is it possible to bypass two step authentication process?

Is it possible for a hacker to bypass two step authentication process if the hacker has no physical access to my phone?
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For 2FA, is one method better (more secure) than another?

There are a variety of options available for 2FA - LastPass, for example, offers all of the following options: LastPass Authenticator Duo Security Authentication Google Authenticator Yubikey ...
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Why not make the second factor the only factor? [duplicate]

Most websites use a single-factor based authentication mechanism, the password. Some popular websites, however, also implement an (often optional) two-factor mechanism to log in; usually requiring the ...
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Additional confirmation for online bank payments

Nowadays, when someone is making an online payment, the associated bank often requires an authentication step. As far as I know, there are mainly two ways to do this: SMS Verification. The Bank ...
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How can I protect my credit card on sites where 2FA is not an option?

I'm using Visa Express, and sometimes when I'm shopping, the store doesn't support Verified by Visa - so that means that there is no 2FA option. Normally when there is that option, it will force me ...
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TOTP: Storing symmetrical secrets

I'm in the process of researching 2fa methods for a cloud connected physical access control system. There is very little margin for error in this space. Is it just me or does TOTP for two factor auth ...
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Do 2FA sites leak info by confirming a correct password guess?

Here's my relatively layman's view of the issue. Many websites tout multifactor authentication (MFA) as an enormous boost to the security of users' accounts, and it can be if implemented properly. ...
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Pro's and Con's of current 2-step-verification processes?

I am currently working on a project, and we are exploring different types of current industry MFA standards. The most known ones would most likely be HOTP & TOTP pins, which are used in the '...
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AWS - CloudFormation - Enable MFA

Is there a way of using cloud formation to enforce MFA on user accounts in AWS: I have the following cloud-formation code: { "AWSTemplateFormatVersion": "2010-09-09" "Description": "...
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Is “full loop” and “half loop” authentication the right word to describe this 2FA sequence?

I'm looking for a term to describe this abstract thought about multifactor devices and how they are implemented. In the examples below, there are different levels of device authentication, but the ...
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From a credential flow perspective, whats the difference between FIDO UAF and FIDO 2.0 Web Services?

The FIDO Standard allows for devices and authentication schemes to be certified as UAF or U2F. This allows for flexible unified authentication, and optional second factor enrollment and registration. ...
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Protecting third-party credentials in a web database in light of weak passwords

I need to store third party credentials in a database for a web application. The third party supports OAUTH and I plan on getting a long-lived token to allow my app to access the third party, but I ...
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How is github 2FA personal access token more secure than passphrase?

I recently enabled 2-factor authentication (2FA) on my github account. Once you enable 2FA, you can no longer connect to the repo using your normal passphrase using command line tools. You have to ...
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Can I use Authenticator instead of phone number for Gmail 2FA? [closed]

I want to enable Two-Factor Authentication for my gmail accunt, but when setting this up it asks for my phone number. I don't have a phone (that I want to connect to Gmail), is there another way to ...
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What's the idea of two factor authentication? A hacker can use password with mobile

2-factor authentication means to enter MOBILE app (using username and password) and there you get code to enter your account from PC browser, right? But if hacker has my password, then he can enter ...
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Doesn't this make 2FA irrelevant and possibly dangerous?

Article. One sentence summary: they use a smartphone as a listening device to compromise computer security. I know our bank doesn't allow us to take cell phones in at all, even if they're completely ...
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Windows Server 2012 disable MFA for a single user?

I'm having issues with this for whatever reason. I created a new user and MFA is supposedly disabled but it doesn't seem to be true. Is there maybe something I've missed or is there an easier (more ...
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What is the safer Google account recovery option?

I have a Google account with a strong password and 2-factor authentication set up, and I worry about what would happen if I lost my phone with the 2FA app. I want to set up a recovery option, and I ...
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Hacked, is my IOS systems safe?Werid things? [closed]

I hope this finds you well. I wanted to thank you in advance for your time and patience with me, and my questions. I was Hacked by friends of an X-boyfriend from HighSchool. He was a Foriegn ...
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Out of band verification using phone; a fallacy?

More and more websites nowadays require new users to verify their 'identity' by requesting the user prove that he/she has access to a device identified by a telephone number (typically a phone). The ...
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Malware able to “read” one's screen

I was searching online about multifactor authentication. One of the reasons that people recommend it is because they fear someone may use a keylogger to "steal" their password, so they use one more ...
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How to reliably backup to cloud services without hampering security?

There is a huge number of articles advising to enable two-factor authentication on sensitive cloud services. I understand the benefits for my accounts' security, but doesn't it defeat the purpose of ...
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Accounts being accessed from X country

So recently I've been getting emails that X account has been accessed from Y country with an IP address that I obviously don't own. An example would be my Steam account which recently got accessed ...
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Relative merits of Yubico OTP vs. OATH-HOTP?

What are the pros and cons of using Yubico OTP vs. OATH-HOTP? They both seem very similar.
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What are the privacy implications of using Yubico OTP with YubiCloud?

I am considering purchasing Yubikey devices (made by Yubico) to add two-factor authentication when my users ssh to our various servers. I figured I would configure the device to use Yubico OTP with ...
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Why do Google 2-factor authentication SMS codes never start with a 0? [closed]

When you use 2-step authentication to log to your Google Account, you can get an SMS on your mobile-phone with a G-123456 style code. I think that I never got a code with a leading zero. Is there a ...
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Is email OTP improving the security for 2 phase authentication?

There has been similar questions before where people say that using some other means (sms, hardware devices, etc.) is a more secure way to provide 2 factor authentication. Provided we don't have an ...
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Are Push 2FA methods safe from Android and iOS Malware?

I am doing a survey on various 2FA solutions, and recently I came across “Push” 2FA (e.g Duo Security). In this solution, the site (e.g. a banking site) pushes a notification to the user’s mobile ...
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Can I use a satellite phone for 2 factor auth sms and such?

Would 2 factor authentication SMS messages or other kinds of internet security notifications work with satellite phones? E.g. companies like Google, Paypal, Facebook, banking institutions and others ...
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Does two factor authentication increase the attack surface?

Would adding two factor authentication to an application increase the attack surface of this application? I think it would, since by adding complexity the likelihood of a vulnerability in my ...
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2 step authentication hybrid

I'm all forward on 2 step authentication. I understand how it is way more secure than a simple password. However I'm always afraid to start using it because I believe that in some cases I could be "...
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Why does LastPass give me one password without needing my MFA key?

I open my browser and navigate to a login page. When I click the LastPass asterisk in the input field, I'm prompted to log in. I enter my password, and another tab pops open asking me for my MFA key (...
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Steam two-factor authentication algorithm? [closed]

I'm all on-board that Value is recently pushing for two-factor authentication on Steam accounts. I'm not happy that they force you to use the Steam mobile app because both on iOS and Android, it's a ...
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Steam and two-factor authentication

The Steam platform is designed to encourage users to use two-factor authentication. One of the community tasks (achievement-like objectives) on Steam is "Use the Steam Mobile App for two-factor ...