Two-Factor Authentication

Two-Factor Authentication adds an extra layer of protection to logins. Once enabled & configured, each time you sign in you will be asked to enter both your username & password as well as a second factor such as a security code.

What is Two-Factor Authentication?

Two-factor authentication adds an additional layer of security by introducing a second step to your login. It takes something you know (i.e.: your password), and adds a second factor, typically something you physically have (such as your phone). Since both are required to log in, in the event an attacker obtains your password two-factor authentication would stop them for accessing your account.

Why do you need it?

Passwords are increasingly easy to compromise. They can often be guessed or leaked, they usually don’t change very often, and despite advice otherwise, many of us have favorite passwords that we use for more than one thing. So Two-factor authentication gives you additional security because your password alone no longer allows access to your account. 

Time Based One-Time Passwords

Time Based One-Time passwords requires downloading an OATH application onto your smartphone or tablet, and optionally a bar-code reader. To start using two-factor authentication, you’ll need to have Google Authenticator, a free two-factor application, installed on your smart phone. To download the Google Authenticator app, visit the App Store (for iOS devices) or from the Android App Store on Google Play.

Once activated a pop-up screen will present a QR code, with optional manual code to enter into your smartphone or tablet. Once scanned or entered, a time based one time password will appear within Google Authenticator providing the second form of verification used to log in.

Additionally, a backup code is presented which should be stored in the event that your smartphone or tablet is not accessible and you wish to gain access into your account. 

*Note - This feature does require use of a smart phone or tablet that has a built in camera. 

To enable Two-Factor Authentication simply do the following -

1. Login to your account.
2. Click on My Details.
3. Now click Security Settings.
4. Click the green button enable and follow the on screen instructions. 

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