Recently I forgot the password for one of my Google email account. It happened because since long time I didn’t used that account. The usual way to recover the password for me is to use my alternate email address. But, this time, I used the phone verification. Quickly a code was sent to my phone from Google and with in no-time I was successfully able to change the password to a new-one.
Second factor authentication or two-factor authentication is gaining popularity. And, it provides an extra layer of security. But, if you lose your device, or if your device is compromised in some way it creates a virtual spiral of problems. Retaining the device and not losing it is important. I’ve been so far very casual with my device. But, this experience gave me an insight to be more possessive and to be careful with my phone device. As it’s not just a code receiver but can also be used to change passwords and account details.
To increase security further I’m planning to have an another phone number and a device just for the sake of generating two-factor authentication codes and to limit its use and not to make it easily accessible.
We domainers always see the availability of domains when we learn something. I found ‘SecondFactorAuthentication.com’ available and registered it using GoDaddy coupon codes. It has around 175EMD and around $9 CPC. And the TwoFactorAuthentication.com is the real term which has 10K EMDs and $13CPC. In short it’s called 2FA and 2FA.com is an active site providing two-factor authentication service. Good to see an active domain on an exact match term. Most of the TLDs are registered with 2FA term but if you like new gTLDs then .link is available as of this post. And, I think, .link goes well for such a term.