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What is Two-Factor Authentication?

The surge in global cyber threats highlights the need for increasing the security of user accounts on MyHeritage, to protect them from unauthorized access and safeguard their sensitive data. One of the best practices for securing accounts is Two-Factor Authentication (2FA). 2FA is an extra layer of security for your account, designed to ensure that you’re the only person who can access your account, even if someone knows your password.

In MyHeritage’s initial release of 2FA (released on June 6, 2018), you designate a mobile phone and link it to your account by providing MyHeritage with its number. Then, any time you log in to MyHeritage from a new computer, tablet or phone, and periodically once a month, MyHeritage will send a six-digit verification code as a text (SMS) message to your mobile phone and you will need to enter it to complete the MyHeritage login successfully. 

This simple mechanism adds a strong layer of security to your account because, even if a hacker has stolen your password, for as long as they don’t have your mobile phone, they won’t be able to log in to your MyHeritage account. 

Applying 2FA to your MyHeritage account is optional, and strongly recommended. If you haven’t done so yet, please change your password on MyHeritage and then follow the instructions in the following article to add 2FA to your account: How do I set up Two-Factor Authentication for my MyHeritage account? 

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