When I mentioned to a few friends that I was writing a feature about two-step authentication, the typical response was an eye-roll and "Oh, that annoying thing?..." Yes, that annoying extra step. We've all had that thought when we needed to get a code before we could log in or verify our identity online. Can I please just login without a barrage of requests?
However, after much research about two-factor authentication (often referred to as 2FA), I don't think I'll roll my eyes at it anymore. Let's get to know two-factor authentication a little better, the different options out there, and dispel some myths surrounding that "annoying" extra step.