KickassTorrents has become the first public torrent site to offer two-factor authentication to its users. The new feature helps users to increase their privacy and makes it harder for malicious parties to hijack their accounts.
Most torrent sites are not known for their advanced security features, but KickassTorrents recently made a change in this direction.
The most used torrent site on the Internet has millions of visitors per day, and the site now offers registered users the option to secure their accounts with two-factor authentication.
Simply put, this offers people an extra later of security, similar to what most other large services including Google, Facebook and Twitter offer.
“Using a username and password together with a piece of information that only the user knows makes it harder for potential intruders to gain access and steal that person’s personal data or identity,” KAT’s Mr.Gooner explains.
The feature can be enabled in the profile settings, after which a second screen pops up detailing the authentication procedure.
KAT’s two-factor authentication requires users to use a third party authentication app of their choosing, which is then required to login to the account. This means that even if one’s password is compromised, outsiders can’t get into the account.
While there’s very little valuable information to “steal” from a KickassTorrents account, quite a few people can appreciate the extra layer of security. After all, some download and upload habits are better left private.
Sloppy users should keep in mind that if one loses access to the app, he or she can no longer get into their account. As a precaution, it’s wise to write down the code and store it somewhere safe.
The new two-factor authentication feature is entirely optional. So, torrenters who feel pretty confident about their security already can just continue to use the ‘plain’ old password.