The best and worst offenders

Security firm Dashlane studied the protection of personal data with two-factor authentication to find which sites protected their customers the best.

Facebook and Google have been revealed as the safest sites, with banks such as Halifax and Lloyds near the bottom.

Some of you may not be aware of what two-factor authentication is, although some banks already use it in order for you to access your accounts. Basically, it’s a term which includes a variety of different systems in order to make it harder for people to access an account. It’s that extra layer of security protection to a service or account before the actual login can be completed.

This works alongside the password and commonly includes SMS, email, an application or a hardware token such as a USB stick.

Dashlane looked at 22 different websites and ranked them based on how secure they are and their login protocols.

One point was awarded for the presence of SMS/email authentication and a software token for of authentication, but three points were awarded for the use of hardware tokens.

The cybersecurity firm considered anything less than full marks and the presence of all three security measures to be a fail.

So, here are the rankings….

5/5 Points – PASS

  • Facebook
  • Google
  • Twitter

2/5 Points – FAIL

  • Amazon
  • Apple
  • Evernote
  • Instagram
  • Patreon
  • Slack
  • Transferwise

1/5 Point – FAIL

  • Airbnb
  • eBay
  • Indeed
  • LinkedIn
  • Revolut
  • Yahoo!

0/5 Points – FAIL

  • Asos
  • Halifax
  • Lloyds
  • Monzo
  • Trip Advisor

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