I’ve been incorporating two-factor authentication wherever I can in my digital life, and mobile apps like Google Authenticator can make it a snap to implement, especially with easy QR code verification. But until now I hadn’t found a solution I liked for WordPress, having tried a number of different plug-ins, only to later uninstall. Enter Rublon, a mobile authentication app I saw reviewed (along with several other apps) on the Torque website, by contributor Jay Hoffmann. The Rublon app and its WordPress plug-in work perfectly for my purposes, easy to implement and very similar feel to the Google Authenticator process. It’s an additional security layer on top of your existing log in authentication, and with the Trusted Devices feature, you only need to set it up once in any given Web browser, and you can forget it… highly recommend.
Apple now offers optional two-step verification for Apple ID, the key to an Apple account, which controls iOS devices, iCloud, iTunes and Apple Support. Google already has two-step verification, and this feature goes a long way toward making online accounts stronger in the current “threat landscape,” as security experts say. With the new Apple feature turned on, both a password and a four-digit verification code sent to an iOS device will be required to allow sign-in. All cloud storage services should follow suit. Read more:
Now that Outlook.com is open to the public, Microsoft SkyDrive is too, and it comes with 7GB of free storage. I’m already using Apple iCloud (5GB), Dropbox (3.6GB) and Google Drive (5GB), and with the addition of SkyDrive, that makes over 20GB of cloud storage that is available to individual users free of charge… I am loving this.
SkyDrive has really beautiful web app versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, and the overall interface is extremely nice. If this is what Office 365 looks like, I may have to give that a try too.
Google Drive still has more web applications (formerly Google Docs) and also has, importantly, optional two-factor authentication. I’ve been using the Google Authenticator mobile app for multi-factor authentication with LastPass, and you can easily add Google Drive and other platforms right in the same app.
iCloud already handles a lot of the storage needs for iOS devices natively, including iTunes music; and Dropbox is still the easiest and most intuitve for basic file storage, syncing and sharing.