Popular payment app Venmo is finally getting a really important security feature
The company explained that the new feature is meant to " maximize security while continuing to provide a quick and easy sign-in experience on devices you regularly use."
Venmo has been slowly gaining in popularity over the past year as the go-to app for mobile users to easily pay each other for small transactions.
What makes it so likable is its ease of use and how its newsfeed makes payments into a sort of mobile social network.
The addition of multifactor authentication comes after the company found itself in hot water in February over security concerns. A Venmo user discovered his Venmo account hacked one morning, after someone withdrew nearly $3,000 from his account 24 hours prior.
While it doesn't seem like the user's account was hacked because of any Venmo-related vulnerabilities, the company was criticized for allowing a third-party to easily login to someone else's account, disable notifications, and withdraw funds. It took the victim over a day to realize someone had made the transaction.
This is Venmo's response to this problem. Now, even if a user loses his or her password, an attacker will not be able to use another device to login unless they also have access to the victim's email.
The new two-factor authentication is automatically turned on for any Venmo user with the latest version.
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