Author Topic: New 2FA Security Key feature with Vanguard  (Read 1759 times)

StudentEngineer

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New 2FA Security Key feature with Vanguard
« on: August 02, 2017, 12:22:03 PM »
Hi everyone.

I just learned that Vanguard supports security keys now and wanted to make everyone aware of that.  2FA is two factor authentication, meaning you need to use two factors to log into an account, usually its something you know - a password, and something you have - a phone or a physical usb device (key).  Its come out in the past year that phones can be fairly easily hacked so 2FA with a phone while better that nothing is little better than just a password.  Using a key however eliminates remote hackers from logging into your accounts, rather someone would have to physically steal your usb/key and then also know your password, so it limits the chance of being hacked.

Vanguard recently began supporting keys to log into your account and I suggest everyone do some more research on them and hopefully use them.

Here's a link to set up 2FA with SMS (phone) verification, its a bit older.
https://www.turnon2fa.com/tutorials/how-to-turn-on-2fa-for-vanguard/

thenextguy

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Re: New 2FA Security Key feature with Vanguard
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2017, 12:43:21 PM »
Pretty sure they've had this for a while. Unfortunately they still rely on SMS 2FA. Even if you use a hardware key, it will default to SMS if you say you lose your key.

StudentEngineer

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Re: New 2FA Security Key feature with Vanguard
« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2017, 03:31:49 PM »
Pretty sure they've had this for a while. Unfortunately they still rely on SMS 2FA. Even if you use a hardware key, it will default to SMS if you say you lose your key.

Yeah that is true, hopefully in the future they won't have that backup then it will truly be safer.