This is a video I did about how using Two Factor Authentication works when you have it enabled on LinkedIn. LinkedIn at this point only supports using SMS. Readers of my book learn of another way to being able to implement Two Factor Authentication that can send the login token to a device other than your phone. This allows you to have more than one phone that you can use as your Two Factor Token.
Having that option can be very handy. Recently, I had put the phone I was using for Two Factor Authentication in a safe place and then didn’t remember which safe place that I had used. I had to go through the painful process of working with the support department at the vendor to have Two Factor Authentication removed from my account. This took close to a week to get taken care of and required the faxing of a form and photo id verification to get the process started.
This illustrates the importance of knowing the account access recovery procedures before you need to use them. Some online services also provide for more than one access method to be associated with your account. While I wouldn’t associate every option supported by the vendor, having at least one backup token that you can always get to would be something to have in place just in case. Hopefully, you won’t ever need just in case. Implementing Two Factor Authentication will add a step to your LinkedIn login process. That additional step also adds an additional layer of protection to help ensure that your account stays your account.
To learn how to protect your other social media and login accounts, purchase a copy of my book “The Hackers Are Coming… How-To Safely Surf The Internet“. This book covers how to protect your other online accounts to make it as difficult as possible for someone to hack into your account.