How Your Phone Can Save Your Identity

Identity theft has become much more apparent in today’s society with hackers and technological glitches that can cause people’s lives to be ruined. Your phone could easily be a victim to this as well if you don’t take care of its security. However, your phone can also be a great weapon towards identity theft if you know how to use it. Special forms of verification can stop a hacker or thief from trying to access your phone which possesses sensitive information about yourself. Combining verification techniques can also be a fail safe way of protecting your identity.

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Two factor verification is a form of verification which involves two forms of verification before access can be granted. The first form of authentication can be a password, PIN, or a security question answer. Another layer of authentication can then be utilized. The second form of authentication involves using a Smartcard, ID Badge, USB Key or a One-time Password Device. With two layers of authentication, you can be positive that your identity is safe.

Your phone can be a route of using the second form of authentication. Since there is a need for two layers of authentication, your phone could be utilized for the One-time Password Device that secures the second line of authentication. Phone verification has been used with e-mail companies, online paying services like Paypal etc. Your phone is a fantastic resource to protect your data and ensure you don’t disclose your personal information to a hacker that is in it for the money. This method could include you having to identify phone numbers which is easy and quick. Using your phone is a quick way to save yourself from identity theft when you have the opportunity to use this method of authentication.

With two layers of authentication, it is basically impossible for a hacker to infiltrate your sensitive data. The two layers provide adequate protection and a feeling of safety for you that your data is not being shared with anyone other than yourself. Authentication could not be easier with two layers of protection. A password and a phone together in the verification process provides more than needed protection which is a great resource to have.

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3 Responses to “How Your Phone Can Save Your Identity”

  1. Ashley

    May 13. 2013

    Facebook sent me one of these verification thingys… I was so confused but I guess it was for my own safety! Silly me :p I should give them all my information from now on!!!

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  2. Jack Huff

    May 13. 2013

    This makes all these telephone number request from my email providers make a lot more sense. I still don’t feel very good giving my number out to a faceless entity.

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  3. Aaron Michael

    May 14. 2013

    I’ve never been keen on giving my phone number out either to somebody . In this day and age it’s too easy for somebody to access all your private personal information. Just look at these poor actresses recently who have had private photos leaked on to the internet. The two-factor verification sounds like great means to ensure hackers can’t get to my most private personal and business docs on my smart phone.

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