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March 25, 2014

Tumblr Launches Two-Factor Authentication

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Tumblr is getting on the two-factor authentication bandwagon.

The security feature, which has already been adopted by many technology and social media companies, is a bid by the blogging platform to keep users’ accounts safe.

“The smile of a loved one. Your childhood blanket. A handsome bodyguard to take you in his arms. ‘Security’ can mean a lot of things in this crazy life, but nothing says ‘security’ like Tumblr’s two-factor authentication,” reads a Tumblr blog post announcing the immediate availability via Settings.

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Two-factor authentication makes it more difficult for hackers to access users’ Tumblr accounts because it requires more than a password.

After logging into one’s account the user must also key in a unique code sent either via SMS or through an authenticator app.

“You know how you need two keys to launch a nuclear missile? Two-factor authentication works like that,” reads the blog post. “One key is your password, the other key is your cellular phone, and you need both to access your Tumblr Dashboard. Keep your Dashboard safe and secure, like you do with your nuclear missile.”

To set up two-factor authentication users must:

  1. Visit their account settings.
  2. Click the ‘Enable’ checkbox.
  3. Enter their phone number.
  4. Decide if they want to receive the code via text or through an authenticator app. Both are recommended in case a backup is required. Tumblr recommends Google Authenticator, which can be downloaded for iOS and Android.
  5. Follow the steps laid out in the settings page.

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Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.

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