How to enable two factor authentication on your social media accounts

Think you’re not at risk because you aren’t high profile? Think again. Your social accounts could be at risk, which means your computer and phone could be too.

Simple 2-factor authentication can help you keep your accounts and devices secure from Internet imps (my not-so-endrearing term for malicious crooks out there looking to steal from you or damage your reputation). Don’t ever think that any individual business will not be targeted. Cybercrime is the great equalizer, and anyone who is connected to the Internet is at risk.

In this blog post, we’ll show you how to enable two-factor authentication on your social media accounts, thus providing an additional layer of security on these sacred accounts.


  1. Log into your LinkedIn profile
  2. View the top menu bar. On the photo of you, labelled “me”, click on the arrow facing down
  3. Select “settings & privacy”
  4. You’ll notice under the blue bar that you have three sections (listed horizontally across the page” = “account”, “privacy” and “communications”. Select Privacy.
  5. On the left hand vertical menu, select “security”
  6. The bottom option is “two-step verification”. Select “change”
  7. Then add your phone number.


  1. Log into your Facebook account
  2. View the top menu bar to the extreme right. Click on the arrow pointing downwards.
  3. Select “settings”
  4. From the left hand vertical menu, select the option “security and login”
  5. Scroll to second last option “Setting up extra security”
  6. Select option “Use two-factor authentication” and switch it on
  7. Add one of the options listed below (phone number is usually a good one to choose)
  8. You can use more than one option for two-factor authentication


  1. Log into your Twitter handle
  2. Go to the top navigation menu and click on your profile photo. A menu will drop down
  3. Select “Settings and privacy”
  4. You will automatically land on “account”.
  5. Scroll down to “security” and check the box next to “Verify login requests

When you type in the login code, they’ll know it’s really you.


For Instagram, you will need to use the mobile app

  1. Log into your account
  2. Go to your profile
  3. At the very top of the screen in the right hand corner, select the three vertical dots
  4. Scroll through the options and select “Two-factor authentication”
  5. Switch on the toggle for “Require security code”
  6. It will promot you to add a number

Congratulations, you have successfulled added two-factor authenticaton to your social media accounts. But remember, this is only one step in truly securing your social media accounts. To fully secure then, download our ebook on 10 steps to securing social media accounts.