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How To Enable 2-Factor Authentication On Your Website

updated 2022-10-05
The number of accounts that get hacked is on the rise. Check out this article to learn how you can do more to be proactive with cybersecurity.
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2-Factor Authentication (2FA) is one of the best ways to minimize the dangers of being hacked and losing your identity. It's a security feature that helps protect your website and data and is becoming a more and more popular way to protect your online accounts, and for good reason. It’s a process of verifying someone’s identity using two pieces of information, such as a password and a code.

2FA is becoming increasingly vital, as cyberattacks target websites and users more and more. In fact, according to a study by SplashData, more than half of all data breaches involve stolen login credentials. So, if you want to keep your website and data safe, you need to enable two-factor authentication.

Not only does it increase security, but it’s also faster and easier to use than traditional authentication methods. Let's dive deeper into this topic.

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2-Factor Authentication (2FA) Explained

It’s simply another layer of security for your online accounts. By enabling 2FA, you are taking extra steps to ensure that your account is safe. 2FA is a process of authenticating someone using more than one factor. The two most common factors are something you know (like a password) and something you have (like a key). 

To set up 2FA on your website, you first need to enable the feature. To do this, go to your website’s security settings and find the “2-Factor Authentication” option. You will then be able to choose which accounts require 2FA and configure the required security parameters.

To use 2FA, users will need to enter their password and a code sent to their phone or other authentication device. Once they have entered these details, they will be prompted to enter the code again in order to complete the login process.

2FA vs. Traditional Authentication Methods

2FA is more secure than traditional authentication methods because it uses multiple factors to verify someone’s identity. These factors can include a password, a personal identification number (PIN), or biometric data like a fingerprint or facial scan.

2FA is faster and easier to use than traditional authentication methods because it doesn’t require users to remember multiple passwords or PINs. Instead, 2FA requires them only to enter one password or PIN when logging in, then receive a code via text or email that they can use when logging in again.

So, if you want to improve your website’s security and make it more user-friendly, you should consider enabling two factor authentication.

How 2-Factor Authentication Works

2FA typically works by requiring you to enter both your password and a second authentication code – typically sent to your phone – when logging in to your account. If your phone is lost or stolen, you can disable 2FA so that someone cannot log in to your account without also knowing your password.

If you want to keep your website secure, you should consider using 2FA. This means that someone must have both your password and a code sent to your phone in order to log in. This way, even if someone has access to your password, they will not be able to access your account unless they know the code for 2FA as well. 

2 Methods To Enable 2-Factor Authentication on Your Site

There are a few different ways to enable 2FA on your website. We will be discussing two of the most popular methods below.

Method 1: Using a Security Key

To enable 2FA using a security key, you will need to create a secure password and generate a security key. Once you have created both, you can enable 2FA by following these steps:

1. Create a secure password.

2. Generate a security key.

3. Copy and paste the security key into the login form on your website.

4. Enter your secure password and the security key into the form, and click ‘submit’.

5. You will now be prompted to enter your second authentication code.

Method 2: Using a SMS/Text Message Authentication Code

To enable 2FA using a SMS/Text Message Authentication Code, you will need to create a security key and generate an authentication code. Once you have created both, you can enable 2FA by following these steps:

1. Create a secure password.

2. Generate an authentication code.

3. Copy and paste the authentication code into the login form on your website.

4. Enter your secure password and the authentication code into the form, and click ‘submit’.

5. You will now be prompted to enter your second authentication code.

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How To Enable 2-Factor Authentication Software On Your Website

To enable 2FA on your website, you will first need to set up a system where users can receive codes. There is a variety of software to help you accomplish this, and you can find more information on the following sites: 

  • Google Authenticator: This is the most popular way to set up 2FA, and it works with almost all smartphones;
  • Authy: This is another popular option (I use this one & love it), and it works with both Android and iPhone devices; and 
  • Microsoft Authenticator: This is an option for Windows users, but I haven't used it so cannot speak to its simplicity or use.

Once you've chosen a code generation method, you will need to create a code retrieval system. There are a number of ways to do this as well; again, you can find more information on the following websites: 

  • Google Authenticator: This allows you to generate codes directly from your Gmail account;
  • Authy: This allows you to generate codes directly from your iPhone or Android phone; and
  • Microsoft Authenticator: This allows you to generate codes directly from your Windows account.

Once you pick your code retrieval system of choice and create a set of codes, you will need to enable 2FA on your site. To do this, check out one way you can do this by the following steps that use Google & Authy together:

1. Go to the Google Account Settings page on your website;

2. Under “Security & Accounts,” click on “Authors' Tools;” 

3. Under “Two-Factor Authentication,” click on the “Enable” button next to “Google Authenticator;” 

4. Click on the “Back to Authy” link in the bottom right corner of the window that opens, and then copy the generated code;

5. Go to the Authy app on your phone, and paste the code into the “Authy Secret” field;

6. Tap on the “Create New Token” button, and then enter the name of your website in the “Label” field;

7. Tap on the “Save” button, and then tap on the “Use” button next to “Google Authenticator;” 

8. Tap on the “Add Account” link in the top right corner of the window that opens, and then enter your website's email address in the text box that appears;

9. Enter your 2FA code into the “Second Factor” field, and then tap on the “Create Token” button;

10. Verify that your token has been created by clicking on it in Authy's main window, and then entering your website's login page in the URL field; and

11. You're done! You can now log in to your website with your token, and two-factor authentication will be activated.

The Rundown

2FA provides a layer of security for your users and helps to protect your website and business from unauthorized access. We discussed the importance of enabling 2FA on your website. This can be done by going to your site's settings, or security plugin's settings, and clicking on security. There, you will find a section called 2FA or “two factor authentication”.

From there, you'll need to enable two-factor authentication (2FA) by either scanning a QR Code or provide both a code sent to your phone and a login ID/password. Once you have enabled 2FA, your users with the necessary software to create their own login connections. You can also provide instructions on how to set up 2FA on their phones if necessary.

Enabling two-factor authentication on your website is the best way to protect your website and data. Now, your accounts will be more secure and faster to use. Are you ready to start protecting your website and data? Let us know in the comments below!

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