Essential things to do to protect your accounts

If you have a cell phone, you have the chance to set up two factor authentication. This greatly increases the security of your accounts.

What two factor authentication does is require two steps for you to log on. First, you login with your password. Then the computer you're trying to login to texts you a code. You enter that code to complete the login process. What this means is that somebody trying to hack your account will need both your password and your cell phone, which is hopefully unlikely.

Yahoo/Yahoo! Mail

  • Go to
  • Go to Account Info
  • Scroll down to Sign-In and Security
  • Click on "Set up your second sign in verification"
  • Follow the directions


  • Go to
  • In the upper right-hand corner of the screen click on the down arrow next to your profile picture
  • Click on Account
  • Click on security
  • Click on "two-step verification" and follow the directions


  • Sign into dropbox
  • In the upper right-hand corner click on the down arrow and go to settings
  • Click on security
  • Go down to "two-step verification" and enable it


  • Log into Facebook
  • Click on the circular gear icon in the upper right-hand corner
  • Go down to "Account settings"
  • In the upper left-hand corner choose "Security"
  • Go down to "Login Approvals" and click edit
  • Check the box next to "Require a security code" and follow the directions
  • Log into PayPal, then click this link
  • Click the middle box to "Register your phone"
  • Follow the directions

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