QRZ Security Update: 2FA and Verified Users

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by AA7BQ, Jun 12, 2019.

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  1. NU4R

    NU4R XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    I'll stick to eBay and PayPal...because it's safe and infallible!

    OKAY! STRAIGHT UP!

    WHO JUST SPIT THEIR COFFEE ACROSS THE ROOM?!?

    Great job QRZ!
     
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  2. W4PG

    W4PG Super Moderator Lifetime Member 279 Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    Years ago someone hacked into my online bank account. I have no idea how they did that. But, I got an email about how my password had just been changed, something I had not done! Sure enough, I tried to log in and couldn't. I called the bank immediately and they locked the account. Who-ever the hacker was had changed the phone number contact but I couldn't find anything else. A few minutes later someone tried to buy some $1500 dollars of stuff at a Walmart, but the bank blocked the transaction. I looked the number up and it was registered to some guy in Miami. I didn't think the hacker would have been stupid enough to list his OWN number, but I'll never know.

    THAT is when I set up 2FA on my bank account and now on every other online account I have that offers it. There is just NO reason not to this day and age.
     
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  3. NU4R

    NU4R XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    I'm making a 2nd post because, I've literally given up on selling on "that online auction site." BECAUSE...I'm BEYOND sick and tired of the aforementioned NEVER willing to deal with the EXACTLY what the premier ham radio is WILLING to do. I'm not going to tie up QRZ and bore you to death with examples of what "that online auction site" is capable of. AND, since "that online auction site" is never afraid to stuff their "policies" up the SELLERS nose with RARELY a course of resolution simply because.....THEY CAN.

    73 all...
     
  4. NU4R

    NU4R XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Hey Robert...
    Please see your email from nu4r.ham@hotmail.com

    Thanks & 73!
    Greg
     
  5. DL6BCX

    DL6BCX Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    I am interested in 2FA. Can I use SMS from Germany? Any experience that the code than is expired. Is the code only 30 seconds valid? That is very short, two minutes would be better.
     
  6. NN4RH

    NN4RH Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    1). FYI, it often takes up a minute or two for my verification codes to show up on my iPhone (network is Verizon Wireless). So sometimes it takes several tries to log in. 30 seconds lifetime for these codes seems rather short.

    2). Was unable to get Verified User set up to work using either Safari, or Google Chrome, on my iMac with OSX 10.14.5. It could not get the certificate.

    3). But it worked the first time using Firefox, and was Approved moments later.
     
  7. N0TZU

    N0TZU Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    30 seconds does seem quite short (although I don’t have problems here luckily). What is the reason for such a short time as opposed to a minute or two?
     
  8. KO5V

    KO5V XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    I verified using my LOTW certificate, and (unusually for me) it worked the first time. Now I understand why it sometimes takes me several tries to log in when using the received code - I didn't know about the 3o second expiration.

    I automatically blamed it on something I was doing incorrectly...I feel better now.

    Jim
     
  9. AA7BQ

    AA7BQ QRZ Founder Administrator QRZ Page

    We don't send SMS Text Messages overseas because of the cost. We currently send out about 15,000 texts per month at a cost of about one half a cent each. Texts sent to Germany, on the other hand, cost 9.5 cents each which for us is prohibitive.

    There is some play in the 30-second timeout. By my observation, more failures are due to mistakes transposing the number (fat fingering) than to the timeout. The 30-second value was chosen by industry recommendation.
     
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  10. KC5TT

    KC5TT Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    I would love to have this type of security on all my accounts.... You did a great job Fred of lining out the finer points of how it works and got in some great lines on Civic Duty. I setup the 2FA once I saw it was offered. I use my QRZ account in on various devices at different times and I feel better knowing that it takes more than just a password to get into my log. It works great on my phone (Android) , IPAD, Laptop, and PC. I like the idea of the Website insuring that it is me logging onto the system. Great article Fred!!!!
     

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