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Original Air Date: Mar 3, 2016

Backup Your 2-Factor Codes

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2-factor authentication is one of the best ways to protect your online accounts, but when you turn it on, there’s an additional step I’d suggest you take.

Since 2-factor verification uses your smartphone to prevent unauthorized users from accessing your private accounts, it has to be able to send you a text code whenever the system detects a new device being used.

If you’re on an airplane and opt to purchase in-flight wifi, having 2-factor authentication presents a problem because you won’t be able to get the text code; that’s where having backup codes stored saves the day!

Not being able to get into your Facebook or Twitter account may not be that that big of a deal, but a business traveler locked out of their e-mail account during a long flight is a whole other story.

To gather your backup codes, just go back to the setup screen in all your accounts and do a quick search for 'backup codes'.

Most often you can create up to 10 temporary one-time use codes; you should do this and store the codes somewhere in your travel electronics.

Or go old school and jot them down on a sticky note or other nondescript note to keep in your laptop bag, purse or wallet.

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Or search “2-factor backup codes for XXXX” where XXXX is the name of the online service