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Tumblr takes on two-factor authentication

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Wed Mar 26 2014, 12:45
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BLOGGING SOFTWARE Tumblr has added two-factor authentication to its log-in system and recommended that people use it.

The firm, which is now owned by Yahoo, introduced the feature in a blog post where it compared control of a blog to control of a nuclear weapons system or a blanket.

Two-factor authentication improves your end security through adding in an extra layer. The example here is that users will log in with a password and back this up with a code generated on a mobile phone.

"The smile of a loved one. Your childhood blanket. A handsome bodyguard to take you in his arms. 'Security' can mean a lot of things in this crazy life, but nothing says 'security' like Tumblr's two-factor authentication. It's available as an option in your Settings page as of right now," said Tumblr.

"You know how you need two keys to launch a nuclear missile? Two-factor authentication works like that. One key is your password, the other key is your cellular phone, and you need both to access your Tumblr Dashboard."

The firm is joining a number of other companies that have added two factor authentication, and now sits alongside the Microsoft Xbox Console, Yahoo and Twitter.

If the Tumblr proposition sounds confusing, don't worry because it isn't. Users can elect to get a one-time code through their phone or through an app.

"Don't worry about memorising that password, by the way," said Tumblr in its FAQ on security. "You'll only need it once, and it's really stupid-looking anyway."

Plus, you don't have to take its advice. Tumblr will prefer that you do though. "Your account is far less likely to get compromised if you've enabled Two-Factor Authentication," it added.

"But if you must, we'll ask you to enter your account password to make sure it's really you. You'll then be able to log in to your account without the extra verification step. If you would like to re-enable it at any point, you'll have to go through the aforementioned setup process again." µ

 

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