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gopherfun83 wrote:


T-mobile hacked

Hackers claim to have obtained the data of 100 million people—including sensitive personal information.

So I have had numerous companies I do business with get hacked the last few years. Home Depot, Target, Capital One, now TMobile.

One of the ways I see listed to help prevent any fallout from these incidents is to use “App-Based Authentication” for passwords and such on websites. I don’t see how to do this… Can I do this with any website? USBank, for example, used to have 2-factor authentication via a text code to the phone (no other option) but that disappear and I asked why. They said too many people complained about it. So great, security is being determined by the lowest common denominator for everyone, not by creating a way to bypass it for those who don’t want it.

But now I hear the text codes are bad, because people can just duplicate your SIM card through the TMobile data breach.

Can someone send me a link to something that shows how to set up app based authentication for websites that don’t have it? I would love to have some form of 2-factor authentication for all my credit cards and banking, but none of them offer anything like that other than some dopey security questions at best.