TikTok has made its presence felt and it has influenced millions of users all across the world. However, like many social media platforms, there is also plenty of scope for haters, spammers and scammers. Owing to this, it becomes important to keep the account safe from them. Kaspersky, the cyber security expert and anti-virus provider has now released a number of suggestions.
Does TikTok offer two-factor authentication?
Enabling two-factor authentication (2FA) is perhaps the best security layer as it adds an extra layer of protection. Hence, if 2FA is enabled, the app will need a one-time code over and above your password. This one time code can be requested over SMS or email.
Having said this, TikTok has no such setting. It has only the log in with verification code option. So, TikTok sends you a one-time access code in a text message. Now, it needs to be mentioned here that it is not two-factor authentication; the code doesn’t complement your password but rather replaces it.
What this essentially means is that if you have the code, one can log in to your account without a password.
While we should mention here that this solution is far from perfect as the codes sent by SMS are not entirely reliable protection — although at least TikTok’s approach will save you if your password gets stolen. Also, if there is no code, no one can log in from an unfamiliar device.
We should also mention there that if a user signs in through Facebook or another social network, TikTok will not send any codes. Hence, one should make Facebook properly secured.
There are a number of steps through which one can detect of your account is logged in from any other device.
- Tap Manage devices to see which phones your TikTok account is open on.
- Log out devices that you do not use by tapping the ‘trash can’ icon next to the relevant gadget which drops down from the list and the select Remove.
- If doubt persists, change your account password.