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Reddit enables two-factor authentication

Reddit enables two-factor authentication”

Some of those accounts are valuable; others contain personal content, maybe even messages linking it to the user's identity.

Reddit has brought two-factor authentication to all its users, helping them protect their accounts.

Two-factor authentication is the considered a gold standard of security for many reasons.

The feature has already started rolling out and all Reddit users now have the option to enable two-factor authentication on their account. When logging in, and assuming two-factor is active, the user will be prompted to enter a code from an authenticator app after using their username and password.

'Two-factor adds more security to your Reddit account by requiring a second step to sign in. This requires the user to have their phone available. According to The Verge, Reddit's 2FA security can generate ten backup codes, in case you lose your phone or have trouble with the authenticator app, you can still access the account with one of those single-use codes. If you think you have an unbreakable password then you may continue to make its solo use.

There's not much to setting it up: go into the password/email area of the site's preferences once you've logged in on a desktop browser.

It's great that Reddit has introduced this feature, but I wonder how many users will bother to enable it? With that done, Reddit will present you with a dialog familiar to anyone who has enabled 2FA on one of their online accounts before - suggesting you scan a QR code into the authentication app of your choice that supports the Time-based One-Time Password (TOTP) protocol.



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