Epic Gives Players Who Enable Fortnite Two-Factor Authentication A Hip-Shakin' Bonus

Two-factor authentication is one of the best ways to go for an extra layer of security for software and accounts for various online services when available. Many services support two-factor authentication like PayPal and Facebook. The catch is that two-factor authentications is a bit of a pain for the average Joe or Jane to mess with, so most just don't enable it. Epic Games wants players of Fortnite to use two-factor authentication and to get people to turn the security feature on, it is offering an incentive.

For all Fortnite players who enable two-factor authentication Epic will give them a free emote. This emote is a victory dance of the sort, and we're sure that you've seen plenty do your Fortnite travails. With the raging popularity of Fortnite and gamers spending huge sums of money to get add-ons like emotes and skins, the offer of a free emote is sure to get lots of people to enable two-factor just for the freebie. For the younger folks out there playing Fortnite who haven't a clue what two-factor authentication is, this gives parents a chance to talk to kids about online security. 

Epic Games is being served heaps of praise for this move and other companies like Microsoft and Google are being pressured to offer an incentive to users to upgrade their security. If you are unfamiliar with two-factor authentication, it's not a foolproof way to protect your online accounts, but it certainly makes it more difficult for hackers to do their nefarious deeds.

Normally with online services or apps, the two-factor authentication involves testing a one-time use code to a phone number associated with the account. There are also apps like the Google Authenticator that do similar things even more securely. If Epic Games has shown us anything, it's that it doesn’t take much of an incentive for users to agree to use two-factor authentication. Epic recently side-stepped the Google Play store for Fortnite on Android to avoid paying a 30% tax to Google, and the move could cost Google $50 million.