How To Secure Your Account Using Multi-Factor Authentication

Security is crucial to keeping your accounts safe from intrusion. Phrase now offers multi-factor authentication using Google Authenticator. Multi-factor-authentication adds an extra layer of security to your Phrase login. Whenever you sign in, you’ll be asked to enter a security code generated on your mobile device in addition to your password

Since day one, security and privacy were two of the most important items we committed to while developing Phrase. Today we’re happy to finally announce multi-factor authentication for all users.

Why should I care?

To use multi-factor authentication you need an app called Google Authenticator which is totally free and available for iOS and Android.

Authenticator generates time-dependent access tokens that expire within 30 seconds. Whenever your password should leak, an intruder cannot simply use it to access your account, but now must enter this token from the authenticator app (or multi-factor device).

Since the potential intruder now needs to gain physical access to your mobile device in addition to your well-chosen password, this makes accessing your information illegitimately considerably more difficult.

How does multi-factor authentication work?

The Google Authenticator generates tokens using a time-dependent algorithm. The app is configured using a token provided by our service or by scanning a QR-code, in order for our servers to be able to validate the authentication tokens.

How do I activate multi-factor authentication?

Enabling multi-factor authentication for your Phrase login is easy. Just visit your user profile settings and click the button “Enable multi-factor authentication”. A small guide will walk you through the process and explain all the necessary steps, such as downloading the authenticator app, adding a new service and scanning the shown QR-code.

Once you have activated multi-factor authentication using the Google Authenticator app, you will receive a download link for a selection of personal recovery codes. We strongly recommend that you download and store the recovery codes at a secure location for later use in case you should lose your mobile phone.

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