Prey is now safer for you with two step authentication access

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Big news, guys. We’re enabling a two-step verification option for all of our users, an extra layer of security that’s getting more common and necessary day by day. Meaning: if you want to, you’ll be required a verification access code apart from your regular password to access your Prey account.

Passwords are hard and boring and they’re usually a mess – they’re either all the same for many of your accounts (yes, we do the same), or they’re ridiculously complicated to remember, in case you’re looking for bulletproof security.

A part of solving that password tangle is getting a password manager like LastPass, where you can store them all safely.

The other solution for that problem is the one we’re presenting now: a two step verification process required to log in to your Prey account if you chose to enable it.

So, what’s this about?

If you’re familiar with two-step verification, this will be pretty much like the rest of them out there. If you’re not, here’s how it goes:

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Go to your Prey account settings to enable or disable this security feature. If you choose to enable it, that means that getting access to your Prey account will have two layers of security based on:

  1. A password you remember. Yeah, business as usual. This is where a service like LastPass might come in handy if you’re drowning in a sea of passwords.
  2. An extra security code. To activate this service, you’ll have to download an app like Google Authenticator and scan the code provided in our website. That will generate a random security code that you’ll get on your phone and will let you start using the two step authentication process. You’ll also get an emergency recovery code in your email, in case you ever lose your smartphone.

Voilá! When the two step verification process is activated, you’ll be requested to provide both your password and random security code each time you want to access your Prey account. Please note that the code will only be valid once, so you’ll get a new one each time you try to log in.

Our advice? Definitely activate it. You can never be too safe.

Nicolas Poggi

Nicolas Poggi

Nicolas Poggi is the head of mobile research at Prey, Inc., provider of the open source Prey Anti-Theft software protecting eight million mobile devices. Nic’s work explores technology innovations within the mobile marketplace, and their impact upon security. Nic also serves as Prey’s communications manager, overseeing the company’s brand and content creation. Nic is a technology and contemporary culture journalist and author, and before joining Prey held positions as head of indie coverage at TheGameFanatics, and as FM radio host and interviewer at IndieAir.