Monday, 25 March 2013

Two Stage Authentication

Two stage authentication is a must in my eyes, but I'm a security enthusiast. Using only a password to login to your online services just isn't enough these days, especially with so many people using insecure passwords to so many services. Especially when you've got facilities in browsers to store all of your passwords in one place, and many people using the same password for all of their online accounts, thus one compromised service can lead to a you giving out financial data given that many online marketplaces store your card details for later use.

The first service I noticed to serve two stage authentication was Blizzard a few years ago with their online gaming platform World of Warcraft and Starcraft, this was much needed at the time with so many accounts getting 'hacked' and compromised. Later we saw Google implement this with an Android app to go with it, later Facebook and Dropbox. And now we've finally seen Apple due to implement it with their online 'cloud' platform.
Google Authenticator
Now I'm usually the last one to praise Apple, but I'm glad to see this facility implemented no matter how late it may be, especially with the myriad of compromised Apple accounts in the past year. I can only hope to see this feature implemented in a lot more online services in the near future, in particular those requiring online payments such as PayPal, eBay, Amazon and the likes.