ICYMI: Security and ATOs…

ICYMI is an ongoing series of blog posts memorializing important Twitter threads from thought leaders at Coinbase and beyond. In this thread from 08/26/2021, Coinbase CSO Phillip Martin shares some ATO wisdom.

A headshot of Philip Martin, Coinbase CSO, smiling in a grey button-up and navy quarter-zip vest

ATOs are a real problem. Nearly 25% of U.S. households have been victims, financial losses average $12,000, according to http://Security.org <.01% of Coinbase users experience these events, but they are the most complex cases we deal with.

We work hard to minimize ATOs on Coinbase, but the reality is attackers have a large profit motive and prey on both technology gaps (e.g. SIM swaps) and human psychology. It’s unlikely that any financial platform of any scale will ever be entirely ATO-free.

We know we have a lot of work to do to make the experience better for those customers who do experience an ATO, and we’ve launched live phone support immediately as a first step.

Ultimately, the best way for a consumer to protect themselves against ATOs anywhere is to use the strongest 2fa available (sms < totp < yubikey) and a password manager.

See also: How to keep your crypto secure.

*We’ve added links where appropriate. You can see original thread here.

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