Tech Tip: Protecting Your Accounts by Text or App

There are pros and cons to getting codes by text message or an authentication app. Using the text-message method means a quicker setup, and you don’t have to download and configure a separate app just to log into an account. You typically get text alerts immediately when someone is trying to hack into your account.

Authenticator apps are not infallible, either. Having both your accounts and your codes on the same device can provide a one-stop shopping experience for thieves, but the apps are still widely considered harder to crack than code sent by text.

 

August 08, 2017

Sources:` New York Times ; New York Post

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