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Optional enhanced security on CevApps

posted Feb 10, 2011, 1:52 PM by Francois Tricot   [ updated Feb 21, 2011, 2:53 PM ]
Has anyone you know ever lost control of an email account and inadvertently sent spam—or worse—to their friends and family? There are plenty of examples.

This is how Google announces the roll out to the masses of its new security feature that will make hard to crack even simple password.

I take this opportunity to remind you about basic principles in defining the passwords you use on Internet.
  • Never use Ceva password in other tools than Ceva tools
  • Never use your personal email password in Internet tools you don't really trust
I'm used to have 3 password
  • One for the professional zone : my Ceva password.
  • One for my personal gmail account, facebook, twitter and linkedin.
  • One for sites I don't really trust
Moreover, we silently enabled the new google "two factors authentication" system. Using it is not mandatory but it is recommended if you are a mobile user.
The requirement is to have a mobile phone next to you. You will receive a SMS each time you access your CevApps account from a new device or logout your CevApps account. This SMS contains a one time password (number) to enter in order to verify that you are really the one you say you are.

Why is it so secure ? Because with this, accessing your account requires something you know (your password) and something you have (your mobile phone). There is no chance that a hacker take control of your account.

If you want to enable it on your acount, please contact me. The Help Desk has still not documented it's use, but if you are familiar with Internet tools, you should be able to manage it yourself.