Musk Says Two-Factor ID Coming Soon

Two-factor authentication is coming to Tesla’s accounts after being “embarrassingly late,” Chief Executive Elon Musk said in a tweet. 

Musk said the security feature is undergoing “final validation” and should be released to Tesla customers soon.

Two-factor authentication is an extra layer of security for online services beyond just a username and password. For example, an SMS code as an additional login requirement.

Tesla’s vehicles leverage a tremendous amount of software ranging from video games to self-driving features. Given Tesla’s software savvy, it’s a bit surprising it has taken so long to offer the basic security feature.

Not to say the company isn’t taking security seriously. Tesla sponsored earlier this year a contest to hack its automotive software, offering hackers nearly $1 million and a Model 3 as prizes.

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