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Login Security

Simple ways to improve the security of you account

Make your login more secure by setting up strong & unique passwords, 2-factor authentication (2FA), and using our Security Prompt feature.


Ways to improve your login security

Strong and Unique Passwords

Your password is your first line of defense online. It is very important to have a strong and unique password.

Two Factor Authentication (2FA)

When available always use Two Factor Authentication (2FA) or Two-Step Verification (2SV), it gives you an extra layer of security. At Coinbase, all accounts must have 2FA enabled.

Security Prompt

Try to avoid using SMS as a 2FA method. Security Prompt offers the same ease, with improved security.

Why Strong and Unique Passwords?

What are strong passwords?

Your passwords are the first layer of protection. They have to help you protected your account.

With that, make sure to use a strong password:

- Difficult to guess

- At least 12 characters long

- Includes a mix of upper and lowercase letters

- Includes a mix of numbers and special symbols

You can also use a Password Manager to help you manage and create strong & unique passwords of all your different accounts.

Why not reuse a strong password?

Think of your password as a key to your account. If you have one key for all your different accounts, your risk exposure is much bigger. Using a unique password for all your different accounts is key for your security.

With that, a unique password is:

Not reused across multiple accounts

Has not been used in the past

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Understanding 2-step verification

If your password is your first line of your online defense, 2-step verification (2SV) or 2-factor authentication (2FA) is your second.

2FA is a form of multi-factor authentication that requires two methods to complete a login. This includes your password, typically followed by access to a physical device that prompts you to complete login.

2FA can be completed by:

  • Security keys

  • Email

  • Authenticator apps

  • Recovery codes

  • Security Prompt

  • SMS message (Least Secure)

Security Prompt

Another effective 2FA method available for logging in to your Coinbase account is Security Prompt. You only need to download the Coinbase app. It's more secure and as easy, as the SMS method.

How to use Security Prompt:

  • Go to your account settings and look for 2-step verification

  • In the Text Message section, turn Security Prompt on

  • Make sure you’re logged in to the Coinbase app

  • Turn on push notifications for the Coinbase app

  • You will start receiving push notifications instead of texts as your new 2FA method

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