In Part I of this Account Security feature, we looked at the security technology that’s built into Blur. Here, we’ll talk about what you can do to keep your Blur account safe.
Unless otherwise noted, the below settings can be changed in the Settings menu (click your username in the top-right corner of the Blur Dashboard to get to Settings) > Account Settings.
Let’s get started!
- A strong password
Blur is – among other things – a password manager, so we are fully supportive of using strong passwords everywhere you go on the internet. You can use Blur to generate new passwords by:
- Selecting ‘Make Me A Strong Password’ from the pop-up that will appear on website form fields if you have the Blur browser extension installed.
- Navigating to the Blur Dashboard > Accounts > Passwords > clicking the ‘New Strong Password’ button.
But, above all else, you need a very strong password for your Blur account. This password will protect all of the information you store in Blur, so it must be a good one. Look for the Password field in Account Settings to change your current password:
This Consumer Reports article has guidelines for coming up with a hard-to-break password. Blur can’t be used to save your Blur password, so it should be something you can remember.
- Auto-lock + Password check
These settings determine how often you need to enter your Blur password inside your web browser. Set both to ‘Never’, and you’ll have to enter your password only once – when you log in to Blur after opening your browser.
If you’d like to keep your Blur account safe from prying eyes, you can adjust auto-lock and password check (called ‘Password Security’ in Settings) to an interval of your choosing. Note that a shorter interval will require you to enter your password more often, which may prove annoying.
- Two-factor authentication
A new addition to Blur, two-factor authentication requires a companion mobile app to log in to your Blur account. There are a few free apps from which you can choose: Authy, Google Authenticator and FreeOTP.
Once you’ve downloaded one of those apps onto your iOS or Android device, simply open the app and capture a screenshot of the QR code in your Blur settings > Account Settings > Two-Factor Authentication.
The app will then provide you with a six-digit code:
The code is time-limited, so you only have about 30 seconds to enter it on your Blur Account Settings page before the code disappears. Don’t worry – if time runs out, you can use the next code that appears. Once you’ve entered a valid code, you’ll see this screen:
In the future, you’ll need to use the authenticator app to log in to your Blur account – which you can do by inputting your email address and Blur password at https://dnt.abine.com. Once you do so, you’ll be prompted to put in a six-digit code that you get from the authenticator app.
An important caveat: whatever mobile device you used to turn on two-factor authentication will be needed to log in to Blur moving forward. If you want to turn two-factor authentication off (or “deregister” your mobile device and use a different one), you will need to log into Blur with your registered device first. Don’t delete the authenticator app from your phone until you turn two-factor authentication off in your Blur settings. Otherwise, you risk getting locked out of your account permanently.