Activating Two-Factor Authentication on WordPress Website

Activating Two-Factor Authentication on WordPress Website

Do you own a WordPress blog? If yes, you might always be worried about your blog’s security being hosted on such a versatile platform. If you like to safeguard your blog from hackers while giving extra protection to your users, keep reading this article in complete depth. Here, you will learn a widespread mechanism of adding a double layer of security to your WordPress blog with – Two-Factor-Authentication.

This Two-Factor-Authentication puts an extra check on the authenticity of the users while signing into the blog. For using such type of authentication, users have to verify their WordPress accounts using the following methods:

Phone Call – Receiving a call on your phone and entering the received pin while getting a login.

SMS – Getting a text message with a pin code to enter when signing into the blog.

Mobile App – Using a mobile app that will create a code or send a push notification with a secret code for logging into the blog’s panel.

How to Setup for Two-Factor-Authentication 

To enable this security layer to your WordPress blog, you need to register at Duo-Two-Factor-Authentication. Here is the complete guide to setup and install this extra protection to your website:

1.  First of all, you need to register for an account at http://www.duo.com.

2.  After registration and confirming your account, you need to add “Web SDK” integration to the DUO admin panel. Also, make sure to select the “WordPress” as integration name and as visual style and save the changes. Also, take care of noting down the integration key, secret key, and API hostname, as you will need these keys for proper configuration.

3.  Now login into your WordPress blog as an administrator.

4.  Navigate to the “Plugin ->Add New” and search for the “Duo Two Factor Authentication” plugin and install it from the link there.

5.  At last, navigate to the Settings page from the dashboard to configure the plugin completely. Finally, enter the integration and navigation keys that you acquired from the DUO interface. After making all these settings click on the “Save Changes” button.

So the setup and configuration are over now. Next time you log into your WordPress, you need to face an enrollment process after submitting the username and password combination in the login form.

The enrollment requires adding & verifying the phone number of the user. You will also be asked for downloading the DUO-security Mobile App, but you can skip that.

Besides being free, Duo Security also has some limitations. Specifically, that states that you can have free two-factor authentication only for ten users. But if you need to plan to have more users, you can do so by paying some extra fee to Duo Security. Also, you can select what type of users will have this authentication enabled for – such as admins, editors, authors etc.

So now you have given new power to your blog’s security, and from now your specified users will also have to verify their login via their mobile phone along with their username-password combination. If you can’t do it yourself you can can find a web development company to help you with adding this feature on your WordPress website.

In this way, you can save your blog from hackers, and your online data is protected. I hope you have enjoyed this article, and if you have any tips, then do let us know in the comments below. Thank you

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