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Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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We love two-factor authentication, and we love services that make our text messages accessible from our computers. However, if you don't want anyone else -- a snooping spouse, child, parent, or most importantly, a laptop thief -- getting hold of your private information, you might want to alter how you use two-factor authentication.

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Whether your files are stored on Dropbox, iCloud or Mega, they could do with a little more security. It's impossible to make them "hack proof", but there are a few steps you can take to make your data as secure as possible -- and still convenient to access. Let's walk through those steps.

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Dear Lifehacker, I am quite security-conscious when it comes to online accounts and use strong passwords via LastPass and two-factor authentication wherever possible via SMS. However, I will be travelling overseas soon, and getting a new SIM card and number. How can I keep my accounts secure while travelling and not need to receive text messages?

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We frequently advise the use of two-factor authentication to protect accounts. Two-factor is certainly better than a single unchanging password, but there's one major limitation: if you're being sent an SMS with a one-time password but you want to access that service on the same phone, your protection level has essentially evaporated. According to AusCERT, that's already a big enough issue to make two-factor systems based on sending text messages all but useless.