MyPermissions – Online Privacy Shield for iOS
When you first enable two-factor authentication on a site like Gmail, LastPass, or Facebook, they will set you up using SMS as your second factor. So the next time you log into Facebook, you’ll receive a 6-digit code as a text message whenever you try to log in. However, there are other ways to set up two-factor authentication—most notably, with an app that generates the codes for you.
You may have heard of these apps before, and a lot of the sites you use probably support them. They’re handy because you don’t have to rely on an incoming SMS message to log in—just open the app, and your codes are there waiting for you. In a lot of cases, they’ll even work if you don’t have an internet connection. Some of these apps do even more—like automatically log you in if your phone is near your computer. Our favorite, though, is Authy—here’s why.
When it comes to two-factor authentication apps, most are quite similar and support the same Google Authenticator-enabled services. Two main things set Authy apart: its ability to PIN lock the app (which alone makes it our favorite) and its ability to sync to the cloud and between devices. That means if you don’t have your phone nearby, your tablet or PC work just as well. And, before you think installing Authy on a PC is insecure, keep in mind it’s really no different than installing Authy on your phone—the goal is to keep your devices out of thieves’ hands, so that even if they get your passwords, they can’t log into your account. It doesn’t matter whether that device is a PC or a phone (and in fact, a phone is easier to steal).
If we’ve totally confused you now, it was not our intent! This is a very important security protection. Of course you can always call A Geek To Go! if you need help.
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Use Tinfoil for Facebook to protect your privacy on Android
The Facebook app and its Messenger counterpart have been met with a lot of criticism from users. Among the reviews, you’ll find complaints about permission settings and the lack of features in each app when compared to the mobile Web UI.
As an alternative to these apps, a recent post on Lifehacker recommends that you check out Tinfoil for Facebook. The developer, Daniel Velazco, refers to this app as “a wrapper for Facebook’s mobile site,” but it’s much more useful than it sounds. Behind the scenes, Tinfoil creates a sandbox for all of Facebook’s cookies, storing them independently from your normal browser cookies. This keeps your information from being leaked and tracked across other websites.
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PLEASE NOTE: It is very important to have a high-quality security suite or a Managed Services Program because there is an enormous threat of receiving infections on incoming files!