NEVER get locked out of accounts (Even if Your Password is Stolen)
Forgetting your password is the biggest disaster in your online world. I always found many people is creating new accounts and many new guys even enabling two-factor authentication on their account but what about if they forgot your password or you don’t have two factor enabled device.
NEVER get locked out of accounts
Don’t get locked out by 2FA
Two-factor authentication – or 2FA, for short–adds an extra layer of security to your online accounts by requesting a numeric code in addition to your password.
In most cases, this code will be sent to your phone. The trouble occurs if you lose or reset your device – suddenly, that extra layer of security that’s designed to stop bad guys accessing your accounts is now locking you out of your own accounts.
When you initially set up 2FA, you may have been given the option to print a hard copy of backup codes that can be used in the same way as a code sent to your phone. If you didn’t do this at the time, then it’s a good idea to do so now–while you still have access to your accounts.
If you’ve already set up 2FA on Google, you can access the backup codes at Your My account option.
Click on the ” Signing in to Google” and enter your Google password.
Click on the Two Factor authentication option here, Click on the “Show Code” option here.You get 10 single-use codes to download and print for safekeeping (you can generate
more if you need to).
In Facebook, click the down arrow in the top right-hand corner and select Settings. Click
‘Security and login’, then ‘Use two-factor authentication’ and scroll down to ‘Recovery codes’. Click ‘Get codes’. You’ll need to re-enter your password
for security purposes.
As with Google, you get 10 codes to print. If you need more, you can request them, but
remember that only the newest batch will work.
Use an authentication app
The typical way to log into a site with 2FA is by using a password and a code sent to your phone via text message. While this works fine, SMS isn’t completely secure and messages can be intercepted.
These authenticators work by generating new codes every 30 seconds or so. When prompted to enter a code on a site, just open the app, select the site you’re logging into and use the displayed code. Google Authenticator works perfectly well but Authy is a lot more flexible.
It’s fully compatible with Google’s tool and can be used in all the same places
(you can have both Authy and Google Authenticator on your phone).
Remove 2FA from your mobile device
If you rely on your phone for two-step authentication but lose the device, have it stolen or replace it with a new one (with a new number), then you’ll need to remove the 2FA safeguard.
To do this in Google, go to the 2FA-protected site on one of your trusted devices (which
you’ve logged into previously using 2FA), open Settings and click ‘Sign in & security’ . Click 2-Step Verification under ‘Password & sign in method’, sign in with your username and password, and select Turn Off at the top of the screen. In the window that opens, confirm you want to disable 2-Step Verification and select Turn Off.
Get back into your Facebook account
If you forget your Facebook password, you can request a new one at https://www.facebook.com/recover/initiate .
A code will be sent to your phone, provided you have a number on record, and you can use this to begin the recovery process.
To get back into your account, you may need to identify friends based on their tagged
photos, answer a security question (if you added one to your account) or provide your date of birth. Getting back into Facebook is usually quite easy, if a little time-consuming.
Set up Trusted Contacts for Facebook
Another way to get back into Facebook is to ask your friends for help. The social network’s Trusted Contacts feature requires you to nominate between three to five close friends (people you’d trust with a “spare key to your house”) who can be called on to help
you regain access.
The system provides these Trusted Contacts with a security code when needed. Once you have three of these codes, you can enter them into the site and that will get you back in.
To get started, go to the ‘Security and login’ page and click ‘Choose friends’. People you add will then be notified and can choose to accept or decline.
Facebook recommends that all users set up this feature, so if you haven’t done so yet, now is a perfect time.
SAY HELLO TO WINDOWS HELLO
If you have a Windows 10 PC with a webcam, there’s a chance you might already be using the facial-recognition system Windows Hello to log in, instead of typing a password. When Windows loads, make sure the camera can see you clearly and it should recognize you, then log you in. The process usually takes a matter of seconds. If your device includes a fingerprint reader, you can use this to sign in instead.
To set up Windows Hello, click the Windows 10 Start button, then go to Settings, Accounts, ‘Sign-in options’. Provided Windows Hello is available on your PC (it may not be), you should see login options for face and/or fingerprint, or maybe even
iris. You can set up Hello here and start using it.
Remember, if you share your device with other people, you will either need to add them to
Windows Hello or they can just log in using an existing password or PIN.