Password management

Aims and objectives

This module will:

  • provide information and guidance on account security
  • explore the use and benefits of password managers
  • outline common security issues

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • create passwords that are harder to guess and crack
  • understand how accounts are hacked and ways to reduce your risk
  • practice proper account and password management

5. Two-factor authentication

Two-factor authentication (2FA) is a type of multi-factor authentication designed to significantly increase account security. 2FA is becoming widely embraced by websites that require a login to help protect users from data breaches. It acts as a method to confirm the identity of the user’s attempting to log in to an account or service.

After a user has entered their normal login details (username and password), they are prompted to confirm their identity in another way, i.e. entering a code sent via text/email, confirming the login attempt via an app on their phone or entering a code generated by an authentication device e.g. YubiKey.

How to enable two-factor authentication on popular sites has information about which online services offer 2FA and how to activate it for that particular service.

Examples of other multi-factor authentication are FaceID by Apple and fingerprint scanning. These are just methods used to confirm the identity of the user. For more information on 2FA and setting it up, see Two-factor authentification for extra security (Video, 1m43s) from the Australian Government eSafety Commission.

Duration:   Approximately 20 minutes

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