Slowly perhaps, but steadily nevertheless, web applications get better at protecting our data against hackers. HTTPS is a no-brainer (when correctly implemented, of course), two-factor authentication is another one, but there is more. Here are a few examples.
In “Now your LinkedIn account can be better protected than ever before“, ‘We Live Security’ explains the September additions to the LinkedIn website: a tool to check the sessions logged-in to your account; more info about when and where your password was changed; and a way to export all the data in your profile.
Last month, Google introduced a “Devices and Activity dashboard“, to help you ascertain that only your own devices have access to your data.
In the (near) future, functionalities such as those mentioned will become mandatory for any web app that wants to be taken seriously by enterprises and smart individuals alike. Of course, if we don’t use those functions they will not help us to guard our own data and privacy… As Google puts it: “Security in the cloud is a shared responsibility“. Two-factor authentication in available for a ever increasing number of mainstream sites/applications, including Google, LinkedIn, WordPress, Facebook, Dropbox, Microsoft, Yahoo, Evernote and eBay; activating TFA is a good way to start tightening your accounts.