Risks Associated with Enabling 2FA

21 February 2024



There are some risks associated with enabling two-factor authentication (2FA), although they are generally considered to be outweighed by the increased security provided by the additional layer of protection.

Risks Associated with Enabling 2FA

  • Phishing attacks: Scammers may try to trick you into providing your 2FA code through phishing emails or text messages, allowing them to gain access to your account.
  • Losing your phone: If you lose your phone, or it is stolen, and you have 2FA enabled, you may not be able to access your account without a backup method.
  • Technical issues: In some cases, technical issues with 2FA can cause problems logging into an account.
  • Dependence on external factors: 2FA depends on external factors such as mobile networks, SMS delivery, and battery life.
  • Social Engineering: Scammers can use social engineering tactics to trick the users into giving away the 2FA codes. Ie. scammers can psychologically manipulate individuals to deceive them into disclosing sensitive information or performing actions that could compromise their security.

Final Thoughts

It is important to be aware of these risks and take steps to mitigate them. For example, you can use a password manager to generate and store unique, secure passwords for all of your accounts, and use a backup method for 2FA, such as a recovery code, to ensure you can still access your account if you lose your phone.

Additional Resources

Check the Two-Factor Authentication section at https://amanraqami.com/en/guides for further details about What is Two-factor authentication, how to enable 2FA on different accounts, why should I enable the 2FA on my accounts, methods, etc.