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)

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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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How to secure Linux terminal with Google Authenticator? [migrated]

How to secure Linux terminal with Google Authenticator for root access and login?
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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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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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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 ...
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2FA: Difference between Storing Backup Codes & Secret Key

First of all, the secret key in discuss is the one when you cannot scan a QR code in a 2FA setup process, there is a code that you can manually entered into your TOTP-generating device/app. Some ...
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Multi-factor authentication - email link

I'm trying to understand possible issues with the approach of sending the MFA one-time-token to the user as a clickable link in the email. Instead of submitting the OTP on the web page, user will ...
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Can Simultaneous Logins Occur When Two Users Have Both Pieces Of Two-Factor Authentication Information?

In a hypothetical situation (say a screen capture program or rootkit, where, incidentally, a password change will not make any difference) where an attacker has both your password, and sees the ...
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Gmail twofactor auth on untrusted computer

Let's say I log in to gmail on untrusted computer using two factor auth in Google Chrome in incognito mode. Hypothetically some virus can read my email after this even without knowing password (.dll ...
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Using Two-Factor Authentication to Stop Pass-the-Hash

Am looking into mitigations to Pass+the-Hash and Pass-the-Ticket in Active Directory that also improve overall network security, too. Have sorting through some of the many two+factor authentication ...
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What are reasonable alternatives to “Trust this computer” prompts when signing in?

User feedback for a bank authentication website included this comment: It's annoying to get verification codes to my email or phone every time I log in to my Bank account from a new device ...
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Someone tried to log into my mail - what do I do?

I have a 2-step verification system for both my gmail accounts. Today, I received a message with a code when I wasn't trying to log in. So someone has my password. What's my next step here? What ...
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How do Pentesters approach attacking 2FA (two factor authentication)?

I'm looking for practical ways to attack 2FA. What do you need to consider and how would you go about testing the effectiveness of 2FA? My only thoughts are that you would attack the implementation ...
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Two passwords provide better security than two-factor authentication?

While evaluating 1Password's new Teams service, I noticed rather curious absence of support for multifactor authentication. When asked about the lack of MFA, they replied: We use an Account Key ...
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Can two TOTP clients register at the same time and generate the same tokens?

Note that I'm not talking about systems like Authy, where you can log in to your account on multiple devices and sync your tokens between them -- I'm referring to two completely separate devices that ...
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YubiKey or Google authenticator?

I'm using lastpass and I would like to implement a 2FA in my account, but I don't know which one is the most secure, a software authenticator such as google authenticator or an USB device as Yubikey. ...
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How did someone log-in to my Gmail account from Kenya?

While on holiday in France in May I received an email from Google "New sign-in". Your Google Account was just used to sign in: Nairobi, Kenya. Tuesday, 26 May 2015 22:10 (East Africa Time). ...
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Does a Smartphone contain all the essential properties of a Smartcard? If not, what is missing?

Can a smartphone, alone, be a valid substitute for a Smartcard? If not, what is missing technically speaking? Does the TPM chipset (which I assume is in the phone) provide enough security to "act ...
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OTP on the same device being used to login

I've seen mobile apps use two factor authentication by sending an SMS to the mobile phone. However, if I've stolen someone's phone, where is the security advantage? I can understand it if it's used in ...
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How to securely store and manage one-time backup codes for 2FA?

I am already using 31 services with 2nd factor authentication and the number is growing. In addition to having multiple authentication devices, I decided for or had to generate a separate set of ...
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Why is the 2nd step in two-step authentication not a single click? [closed]

The case I'm using Google 2-Step Verification. The question Why does Google use a code as second step? Why not just an android app where you can click "It's me"?
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What advantage does the Bloomberg authentication system have over traditional 2 factor?

Bloomberg clients have an interesting way to authenticate to the server. This seems involve some of the following: Logging into a secure website, that displays a flashing square Swiping your finger ...
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Storing base passwords in Lastpass

After watching Mr Robot I finally motivated myself to setup two factor authenitication for Lastpass with Yubikey. Fastmail is the second service I've set up with my Yubikey. I changed my main ...
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Google account 2FA only with HW security key?

Is it possible to configure 2FA access to a Google account using only HW security key (e.g. Yubikey) without verification SMS code option ? It seems that SMS confirmation code is still primary 2FA ...
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Is Google 2-factor “Remember this Computer” secure against adversaries with root access?

This question concerns the type of 2-factor authentication implemented by Google Accounts. The response to this question describes securing transfer of the secret key via a secure cookie. But what ...
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Authy: Does multi-device mode imply that all keys are stored on their servers?

My understanding is that if you use Authy, without backups/multi-device options, none of your account keys are stored on their servers. It all resides on your single device. Ie, even if Authy ...
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2-Factor Authentication vs Security Questions

I have an account with a bank that has additional security option. When it does not recognize a device being used to access the account, it will either: Prompt with 1 of 3 security questions Send a ...
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Why do popular sites like Google, Dropbox, etc. have a “trust this computer” checkbox when it weakens security?

Let's say someone is logging onto Dropbox in the library, but the computer has a keylogger on it that steals their password. Fortunately, they are using two factor authentication, which could have ...
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Are “Security SMS codes” any safer than plain SMS?

Many banking webapps send this kind of SMS, for their 2FA systems. These messages do not appear in the main "Messages" app, seemingly being destroyed after viewing - at least on iOS. Firstly, are ...
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How long does 2-factor authentication codes have to be?

I've noticed that from a (personal) UX point of view, 4 numbers which my online banking uses seems to be a sweet spot in terms of holding it in my head from looking at my phone to typing it it. But ...
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Is it possible to reuse a OTP Token with another security provider? [closed]

My bank issued a new security device replacing the Go 3 Security Token manufactured by Vasco and I would like to know if it could be used with my Google multifactor security or with LastPass as a ...
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How do banks determine when to ask for two factor authentication?

I was playing around with trying to figure out how my bank knows when to give me a two factor authentication prompt. I had originally thought it was based on my cookies and maybe my IP address. But ...
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Comparing the 2FA Vendors

If we need to choose a vendor for the 2FA in our environment, what are the features that we should look for? Our selection process depends on the functionality and usability they provide. But when I ...