Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Why Passwords are the Things of Past

We have been securing our social media accounts using passwords since ages. But as more and more vulnerabilities are being discovered, the security companies are investing more into finding out ways to secure our social media accounts.

Why Passwords Are Outdated

The simple reason behind passwords being outdated is because they can easily be cracked, hacked and stolen. People have been tricked into social engineering and have given away their passwords to total strangers. This demanded for new reforms in the security measures by the companies.

Two-Factor Authentication

The two-factor authentication or often referred to as 2FA gained significant popularity when it was rolled out. It added an extra layer of security to the old-school password safety measures. Besides providing the password, the user was also required to provide a temporary activation code. This activation code was sent to user’s mobile phone number via SMS or to their e-mail address. However, this practice too became vulnerable when hackers tried to social engineer the people and extracted the OTP codes.


With the introduction of Multi-Factor Authentication, users can now sync their mobile phones with theirs accounts using any Authentication app provided by Microsoft, Google or any other trusted company. Once the authentication app has the configuration for these accounts, it can then generate temporary authentication codes that last for 60 seconds each cycle.


It is therefore highly advised that users ensure that their accounts are protected by Multi-Level Authentication mechanisms. On the top of a secure password, users should have two-factor authentication enabled and an authenticator app configured so that hackers have tough time accessing your account.

Maria Saeed
Maria Saeed
Maria Saeed is an International Relations graduate from the International Islamic University, Islamabad. Her areas of interest include global politics and international security in the era of IT. She likes to learn about new cultures, social norms, traditions, and languages. She often contemplates about what interrelated events were happening in the past and shaping the cultures of different nations.

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