Today, it launched 2-Step Login, a two-factor authentication system that dramatically improves the security of one’s account.
Similar to Facebook’s Login Approvals, when logging in to your Buffer account, you will also have to enter a special code sent to your mobile phone.
Users can receive a code either by text message or through the Google Authenticator app available on Android, and iOS.
Here’s how to setup 2-Step Login:
- Login to Buffer, and under “My Account” select “Access Password.”
- Click the button that says “Enable 2-Step Login.”
- You will be asked to reenter your password, and you can now choose to receive a code via text message or Google Authenticator.
- Once the code has been successfully entered, you will see a prompt which contains a special code in case you ever lose your phone.
Buffer also shared some other changes it’s made to better protect users:
- Resetting all of our breached credentials after the hack
- Encrypting email addresses stored in our database
- Encrypting access tokens that let us post to users’ social media accounts
- Having all team members change passwords and set up two-factor authentication (where possible) on our accounts for Google, Github, Stripe, HipChat and Dropbox
Two-factor authentication is becoming increasingly more popular, and it’s great to see services like Buffer implement such a simple, yet very effective feature.