Tesla CEO Elon Musk acknowledged Friday that the corporate was ‘embarrassingly late’ rolling out a safety layer referred to as two-factor authentication for its cellular app.
“Sorry, that is embarrassingly late. Two issue authentication through sms or authenticator app goes by way of ultimate validation proper now,” Musk wrote Friday in response to a query from a Twitter follower.
Musk mentioned in April that the extra safety layer was “coming quickly.” He first talked about that the corporate would add two-factor authentication again in May 2019. Tesla homeowners have stepped up their requires two-factor authentication as the remainder of the tech group has adopted the safety function.
Sorry, that is embarrassingly late. Two issue authentication through sms or authenticator app goes by way of ultimate validation proper now.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 14, 2020
Two-factor authentication — also called two-step verification — combines one thing you understand, like a password, with one thing you’ve, like your cellphone. This is a option to confirm that the true account holder — or automotive proprietor — is logging in and never a hacker.
Some web sites do that by sending you a code by textual content message. But hackers can intercept these. A safer means of doing it’s by sending a code by way of a cellphone app, typically known as an authenticator, which safety specialists choose.
Beefing up the safety on the Tesla cellular app is especially urgent. The Tesla app is a vital instrument for homeowners, giving them management over quite a few capabilities on their autos.
When Bluetooth is enabled, the Tesla app permits drivers to make use of their cellphone as a key to Tesla’s newer car fashions. The app additionally lets the consumer remotely lock and unlock the doorways, trunk and frunk, activate the HVAC system, monitor and management charging, find the car and schedule service — to call a number of of the primary capabilities.
These days, two-factor authentication is widespread and extensively employed to cease hackers from utilizing stolen passwords to interrupt into customers’ accounts. What’s unclear with Tesla is whether or not the two-factor instrument will depend on SMS or a cellphone app. Musk mentioned the ultimate validation was for SMS “or” authenticator app, a press release that leaves that vital query unanswered.