AOL Offers Security Key, Adds Double Layer Log-in Authentication for Users

AOL has adopted a new key tool in the fight against phishers and identity thieves. AOL has moved to an optional two-factor log-in authentication system, which it is offering to AOL customers.

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Users are being offered the option of receiving a secure password generator device made for AOL by RSA Security. The device is the size of, and can double as, a keychain fob, making it easy for a user to carry with them at all times. The device generates a new mandatory second password every minute, making it nearly impossible for phishers to log in to an AOL user’s account with just a stolen or purchased primary password.

The optional service is $1.95 per month, with a one-time setup fee of $9.95.


Not a bad way to control your kids’ access to the account, either!

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3 Replies to “AOL Offers Security Key, Adds Double Layer Log-in Authentication for Users”

  1. The dual encryption should be a requirement not a costly subscription service
    if they want to be an e-mail provider to hundreds and thousands I would implement the same thing PayPal, Gmail, and outlook offers, an additional password service, FREE, that sends a digital passcode to my cell phone, which expires in 5 minutes I am ashamed of AOL for implementing a pay add on for our protection. I would think it is inline for those that provide ,provide the best or go our of business. Migrating away from these add on dual subscription based services and moving toward the future. stay as safe as possible.

  2. My PayPal account was hacked, even though I have an excellent password.

    PayPal gave me the additional password service, FREE, that sends a digital passcode to my cell phone, which expires in 5 minutes. Very clever.

    That’s what AOL should offer free.

    AOL offers a free email account with no service. But who needs service on AOL?

  3. I’m thinking it would go over better if it were free. I wouldn’t be willing to spend the extra cach on security for an AOL account — at least not monthly. Maybe I’d go for a one time setup fee, but a monthly charge? No. This whole idea only protects those who are, shall we say, “naive” enough to give out their passwords to phishers to start with. If people are security conscious enough to want this device, chances are they won’t fall for the phishing scheme anyway. For the price you pay for AOL anyway, they should include this as a free default option for everyone. Aside from that, the idea and technology behind it seems great.

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