Tumblr is a blogging platform that most people more for sharing photos than anything else. Over the years since its launch Tumblr has been the target of hackers that seek to gain access to a users account by various means having to do with cracking the password.
That results in theft of content like photos and often embarrassing posts for the user. To help prevent this sort of thing form happening in the future, Tumblr has announced a new security option reports CNET. Tumblr users can now choose to turn on two-factor authentication.
This authentication method requires your email address, password, and an authentication code sent to your mobile device. Presumably, the mobile device has to be one that you list in your account. This feature will certainly make it much hardware for someone to gain access to your account.
It will also make it more tedious to log into your own account since you will need to enter a complicated authentication code to get in. I can also see this causing issues for users that want to get into their accounts if their phone is dead or if they forgot it. Security comes with a price.
"You know how you need two keys to launch a nuclear missile?," Tumblr wrote in a blog post. "Two-factor authentication works like that. One key is your password, the other key is your cellular phone, and you need both to access your Tumblr Dashboard. Keep your Dashboard safe and secure, like you do with your nuclear missile."