Turn on 2-step verification (2SV)

2-step verification (2SV) gives you an extra level of protection on your most important accounts, especially your email. It can be turned on in a matter of minutes – time well spent to keep the fraudsters out.

How does 2SV work?

2SV works by asking for more information to prove your identity. For example, sending a PIN or one-time passcode to your phone when you sign in using a new device or change settings such as your password. Or you may be able to use your fingerprint or facial recognition to access your account. Either way, 2SV confirms that it really is you trying to log in.

It means that even if a criminal knows your password, they still won’t be able to access your accounts. 2SV is one of the most effective ways to protect your online accounts from criminals.

We recommend using 2SV for your email and social media accounts, as well as any accounts that contain lots of personal or sensitive information. Your online banking probably has 2SV enabled by default.

How to turn on 2SV

2SV can usually be turned on from the account security settings. On some devices it might be called two-factor authentication (2FA) or multi-factor authentication (MFA).

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Check out the help and support section of the account provider’s official website, which should provide detailed instructions.

Or you can follow these links to the set-up instructions for specific services and devices.

Turn on 2SV for email
Turn on 2SV for social media
Turn on 2SV for other accounts

Other ways to protect yourself

Learn further steps to protect yourself and others from fraud.