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2-Factor Authentication

5 Reasons Why You NEED 2-Factor Authentication (Number 3 Might Surprise You!)

Living in a digital world (21st century) means entrusting a lot of personal information to online accounts. From social media profiles to bank accounts, these platforms hold the key to our connected lives. But what happens when that key falls into the wrong hands? Data breaches are a constant threat, and relying solely on passwords leaves you vulnerable. This is where 2-factor authentication (2FA) steps in, adding an extra layer of security can make a world of difference.

Transfer Existing Verification Codes to Termii Go with the Latest Import Feature

Introducing the latest update on the Termii Go App, designed to make your experience better. With the all-new Import Feature, you can easily transfer your data from other authenticators to your Termii Go account.
With this update, you can say goodbye to the hassle of manual data entry and hello to streamlined efficiency.

Unfamiliar with the Termii Go App or unsure of its capabilities? Learn more about it Here.

Guide: Migrating from Another Authenticator to Termii Go

As online security continues to be a top priority, individuals are seeking reliable methods to enhance the protection of their digital assets. Two-factor authentication (2FA) has become a cornerstone of online security, and one popular implementation of 2FA is Time-Based One-Time Password (TOTP) authentication. A Time-Based One-Time Password (TOTP) is a temporary code that changes every 30 seconds, used for secure logins. Think of it as a secret message that expires quickly, making it harder for digital intruders to access your accounts. 
If you've been using another authenticator for TOTP-based 2FA and are looking to migrate to a more comprehensive solution like TermiiGo, this step-by-step guide will help you seamlessly transition while maintaining the security of your accounts.

Why Consider Migrating to TermiiGo:

Termii Go is a product created by Africans and for Africans which means we have taken into account all your needs.
Imagine a scenario where you're out of your home country, and you need a TOTP code to gain access to any of your digital accounts, but accessing local SIMs for SMS is a challenge. All you need to do is to log into your TermiiGo App and you'll receive your TOTP codes seamlessly whether or not you have access to local SIMs.

TermiiGo isn't just your typical 2FA authenticator. It has a host of other features.
Picture this – all your OTPs and product notifications from all your favourite brands neatly organized in one place: the TermiiGo App.
And that's not all – we're gearing up to launch a new feature which aids two-way communication between you and your favourite brands.

What If You Lose Your Phone?

Our support channels are on standby to assist you in regaining access to your accounts promptly. Plus, we have a web version that you can use temporarily until you gain access to your mobile device.

Step 1: Install TermiiGo:

Visit your device's app store (Google Play Store for Android or Apple App Store for iOS).
Search for "TermiiGo" and install the app.
Launch the app and follow the initial setup instructions.

Credit Source: App Store

Step 2: Prepare Your Accounts:

Open the authenticator you currently use and identify the accounts you currently have linked.
For each account, navigate to the settings or security section where 2FA is configured.
Look for an option to change or disable 2FA (which will temporarily disable your current TOTP).
Ensure you have an alternate recovery method, such as backup codes or a secondary email, to regain access in case of any issues.

5 Essential Social Media Security Guidelines

We live in the "Internet age" where we spend a considerable amount of time online, therefore, protecting our online identity is non-negotiable. Nobody should be able to have access to sensitive information about us or steal our identity online. Sadly, many have been victims of others having unauthorized access to their social media accounts. Here are five social media guidelines to help you protect your online presence.

Keep Your Apps Safe: A Simple Guide to Using Termii Go for Secure Authentication

In a digital age where cyber threats are ever-evolving, ensuring the security of our online accounts has become more critical than ever. TermiiGo, the all-in-one communication app, offers a seamless solution to protect your valuable digital assets through  TOTP Authentication. In this guide, we'll take you through the simple steps of using TermiiGo to secure your favourite online platforms like Twitter and Paystack, but it works for any site that offers 2-way authentication.

Termii Status API and Search API — Know the difference

A Messaging API (Application Programming Interface) refers to any particular service that allows messaging technologies to be implemented into 3rd party applications through a programmable interface.

In purely technical terms, “Messaging API” may also refer to Termii’s API documentation which outlines how to send, access, and manage SMS, voice, and WhatsApp messages on a client’s device [more channels may be supported in the future.]

Termii’s Messaging APIs

Termii’s API Platform makes innovation available to any business of any size. You can add powerful communication functionalities like SMS, group messaging, voice, WhatsApp, and email into your product/application by integrating Termii’s messaging APIs in just a few minutes.

Supported Features

1. Switch API — allows businesses to send messages to any country in the world across SMS and WhatsApp channels through your REST API.

2. Token API — helps prevent fraud before it occurs by generating and verifying one-time passwords sent to customers' mobile devices.

3. Inbox API — allows businesses to receive inbound messages (WhatsApp & SMS) directly in your application through their set webhook URL

4. Insight API Get the real-time delivery status of messages sent to specific customer contacts as well as their updated contact status

Under the Insight API are two important APIs — the ‘Search API’ and the ‘Status API.’ In this article, we will be highlighting the significant difference and purpose between the two.

  • Search API — this API helps Termii users save messaging costs and get the most out of their messaging campaigns as it allows businesses to verify phone numbers, and their current network, as well as automatically detect their status — tells if the number has activated the do-not-disturb settings.
  • Status API on the other hand, allows businesses to detect if a number is fake or has been ported to a new network.

Both give powerful insights to help businesses save costs and time. Since businesses pay for every text message they attempt to send, and not every text received, imagine the cost of sending a simple text alert to a database of about 60,000 customers, which will cost at least N240, 000, by calling the Status or Search API, businesses can simply detect faulty numbers and clean up their database before pushing out messages, thereby saving up to 40% of messaging cost.

Kindly note that our Search API is a growing database and it does not have all the Telco numbers on it.

To learn more about Termii’s messaging APIs, view our full API documentation here. You can also send us a chat at www.termii.com.

Termii Status API and Search API — Connaître la différence

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L’analyse du succès des campagnes marketing est une tâche très importante pour chaque entreprise.

Certaines mesures essentielles proposées via l’API Insight sur Termii peuvent vous aider à voir si les coûts dépensés ont eu l’effet souhaité en termes de retour sur investissement (ROI) positif ou d’autres mesures. Ces mesures essentielles vous donneront également des informations sur votre prochaine campagne SMS car elles montrent ce qui fonctionne et ce qui ne fonctionne pas en vous permettant d’obtenir le statut de livraison en temps réel des messages envoyés à des contacts clients spécifiques ainsi que leur statut de contact mis à jour.

Sous l’API Insight se trouvent deux API importantes — l’« API de recherche » et l’« API d’état ». Dans cet article, nous soulignerons la différence et l’objectif significatifs entre les deux.

  • Search API — cette API aide les utilisateurs de Termii à économiser sur les coûts de messagerie et à tirer le meilleur parti de leurs campagnes de messagerie, car elle permet aux entreprises de vérifier les numéros de téléphone et leur réseau actuel, ainsi que de détecter automatiquement leur statut — indique si le numéro a activé le do-not- perturber les paramètres.
  • Status API d’autre part, permet aux entreprises de détecter si un numéro est faux ou a été porté sur un nouveau réseau.

Les deux fournissent des informations puissantes pour aider les entreprises à économiser du temps et des coûts. Étant donné que les entreprises paient pour chaque message texte qu’elles tentent d’envoyer, et non pour chaque texte reçu, imaginez le coût de l’envoi d’une simple alerte texte à une base de données d’environ 60 000 clients, qui coûtera au moins 240 000 N, en appelant le statut ou la recherche. API, les entreprises peuvent simplement détecter les numéros défectueux et nettoyer leur base de données avant d’envoyer des messages, économisant ainsi jusqu’à 40 % des coûts de messagerie.

Veuillez noter que notre API de recherche est une base de données en pleine croissance et qu’elle ne contient pas tous les numéros de téléphone.

Découvrez les autres API de messagerie de Termii

La plate-forme API de Termii rend l’innovation accessible à toute entreprise de toute taille. Vous pouvez ajouter de puissantes fonctionnalités de communication comme les SMS, la messagerie de groupe, la voix, WhatsApp et le courrier électronique dans votre produit/application en intégrant les API de messagerie de Termii en quelques minutes seulement.

Fonctionnalités prises en charge

1. Switch API — permet aux entreprises d’envoyer des messages dans n’importe quel pays du monde via les canaux SMS et WhatsApp via votre API REST.

2. Token API — aide à prévenir la fraude avant qu’elle ne se produise en générant et en vérifiant les mots de passe à usage unique envoyés aux appareils mobiles des clients.

3. Inbox API — permet aux entreprises de recevoir des messages entrants (WhatsApp et SMS) directement dans votre application via leur URL de webhook définie.

4. Insight API — Obtenez le statut de livraison en temps réel des messages envoyés à des contacts clients spécifiques ainsi que leur statut de contact mis à jour.

Pour en savoir plus sur les API de messagerie de Termii, consultez notre documentation complète sur les API ici. Vous pouvez également nous envoyer un chat sur www.termii.com