About passwords and security

We know how important it is to keep your Topicbox account secure. We help you do that through our authentication system. You can choose:

  • No password; a code is emailed to you that is valid for only 10 minutes.
  • A password: we make sure any password used is reasonably secure.
  • Two-step verification (also known as two-factor authentication, or 2FA). This is the most secure option.

Which one is right for me?

Emailed code

There's no password to remember or look up in a password manager. Someone trying to break into your account has no password to crack: they would have to gain access to your email account in the 10 minute window that the code is active.

Password only

You don't need to have access to your email account when logging in to Topicbox. You just need your password. Someone trying to break into your account must crack your password to gain access. This is more likely to happen if you use the same password on multiple sites.

We recommend using a password generator or creating a password that you do not normally use for other internet accounts.  Your security is important to us and we want to make sure no one gains access to your account that shouldn't.

Two-step verification

Most secure option. You need something you know (your password) PLUS something you have (a code generated by your phone or a security device) to log in. Someone trying to break into your account can't do it just by accessing your email or cracking your password.

The generated code can come from a (free) app on your phone, or using a security device plugged into your computer: either a U2F usb key or a Yubikey OTP usb key.

You can have more than one two-step verification devices on your account. If you're a mobile device, you must configure an authenticator app as you can't plug in a security device to your phone or tablet.



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