Tumblr tightens security with two-factor authentication

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Worry no more as Tumblr joined the battle against hackers, stalkers, or other any other nefarious actors, to access users’ accounts, via two-factor authentication for security purposes.

The blogging social network announced on Monday that it has launched the added security measure via users’ Settings page. Starting today, bloggers of Tumblr would have the option of making it more difficult for other people to access their dashboards.

?Security? can mean a lot of things in this crazy life, but nothing says ?security? like Tumblr?s two-factor authentication. It?s available as an option in your Settings page as of right now. You know how you need two keys to launch a nuclear missile? Two-factor authentication works like that. One key is your password, the other key is your cellular phone, and you need both to access your Tumblr Dashboard. [So] Keep your Dashboard safe and secure, like you do with your nuclear missile,? Tumblr posted on their official blog.

For Tumblr users who want to get an extra measure of security, here?s the complete way on how to protect your blog using the two-factor authentication as Tumblr has instructed:


Two-Factor Authentication

What is Two-Factor Authentication and how does it work?

TFA makes it especially difficult for anyone other than you (e.g., hackers, exes, et al) to access your Tumblr account. How? Well, aside from your regular login info, you’ll need a couple extra things to get to your Dashboard:

  • Your phone (which you’ve password-protected, right?)
  • A unique, single-use code (sent via text or generated by an authenticator app)

How do I set up Two-Factor Authentication?

  1. Visit your account settings.
  2. Click the “Enable” checkbox.
  3. Enter your phone number.
  4. Now decide whether you’d like to receive the code via text or through an authenticator app. We recommend both in case you need to use one as a backup.
  5. Follow the steps laid out in the settings page.

How will Two-Factor Authentication work when I log in on the web?

If you’ve enabled TFA, it should work like this:

  1. Log in to your Tumblr account.
  2. Once you’ve received the unique code (either via SMS or through an authenticator app), enter the code in the specified field.
  3. Voila! You’re in!

How will Two-Factor Authentication work when I log in through iOS or Android apps?

When you have two-factor authentication turned on, you’ll need to generate a special one-time-use password in order to log in through your mobile apps. You can generate one through your Account Settings page. Don’t worry about memorizing that password, by the way. You’ll only need it once, and it’s really stupid-looking anyway.

What if I disable Two Factor Authentication?

Well, we strongly advise against this. Your account is far less likely to get compromised if you’ve enabled Two-Factor Authentication. But if you must, we’ll ask you to enter your account password to make sure it’s really you. You’ll then be able to log in to your account without the extra verification step. If you would like to re-enable it at any point, you’ll have to go through the aforementioned setup process again.

Which authenticator apps do you recommend?

We recommend Google Authenticator, which you can download for iOS and Android.

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