Information Security

How two-factor authentication stops app hackers dead

Can 2 step verification be hacked?

Two-factor authentication is a simple answer to the rampant spam, hacking and phishing attacks that have become common in the world of development. Private data shared in the cloud always comes with a constant risk - will fraud and data theft happen to you? App developers have learned to neutralize this threat with efficient SMS services. What is two-factor authentication and how does it prevent hacking attacks?

The problem with app security these days

Shopping online has boomed over the past 5 years, and with it the potential to fall victim to unscrupulous hackers that want to take advantage of your customers private information. Without security features like two-factor authentication, your software and applications are wide open to these security breaches, making you a sitting duck in a sea of hungry sharks. The two-factor authentication of users is vital during online data sharing stages like sign up, gaining access to user accounts and servers, providing sensitive information (phone numbers) and when validating new user accounts.

  • In 2012, social network sites that were targeted by phishers increased by 125%.

In a world where data safety can make or break companies, it's wise to seek out a reliable two-factor authentication solution so that your user's data is never, ever compromised. For more on the Clickatell Secure click here.

The solution to the constant hacking barrage

I have a theory. If it's good enough for Google, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Evernote then it's good enough for everyone. Two-factor authentication proves to your customers that you offer effective security solutions for this modern day problem. In fact, many app users won't use your app if they believe adequate security measures are not included. This puts their information at risk, and when you don't care enough about the security of your customer's information, don't expect many users.

How does it work?

Getting two-factor authentication, also called two-step verification, is a simple process of finding a software authenticator that will generate a unique code for you when requested. Google authenticator is a decent option - and it integrates with your chosen SMS API. Once integrated, you will then be able to send two-factor authentication messages to your user-base. That means when they want to use your app, instead of simply adding a normal password they will also need a password that is sent to them via your security SMS system.

Is two-factor authentication a complete solution?

Though this kind of authentication process is great for security, it's not air tight. If someone's phone is lost or stolen, there is the added hassle of losing this security feature and not being able to access parts of the app or software in use. Then it's an admin process that nobody likes to get your account working with a new number. Consumer-facing web products however, must have this functionality if they are to be competitive in a global market - just ask the giants. Your users have to be able to receive valuable pin codes anytime, anywhere. So even though two-factor authentication has its shortfalls, it is still the most reliable way to secure public information. Verification codes from your quality bulk SMS gateway will stop hackers dead in their tracks. And when they are dead, they can't cause a PR nightmare when user data is stolen.


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