keeping your accounts safe: multifactor authentication

For extremely sensitive information you should have even higher security than normal. Multifactor authentication is a way to do just that.

Believe it or not, you may already be using multifactor authentication for logging in to your bank! Do you have to answer a security question, or select a picture? Is there any other challenge beyond your password? If so, your bank is great!

Multifactor Authentication (MFA) is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a way to provide a secondary (or tertiary, or more!) way of verifying that you should have access to what you’re trying to get in to. It adds an additional layer of security that will protect you even further in the case that your password is lost or stolen.

This isn’t available on all websites, but it is available on your Google provided Asian Hope account. You can access it in two ways: through SMS or through an app on your smartphone… even in Cambodia!

It’s easy to set up, simply go to: and turn on 2-step verification. Once it’s set up, you can print a list of emergency codes to put in your wallet in case you don’t have your phone. You can also set certain computers as ‘trusted’ so that you won’t be prompted for your code from them. Make sure you password protect your computer though! Otherwise you lose some of the benefits of MFA.