What is Magento 2 Two-Factor Authentication and How to Add It

Two-Factor Authentication for Magento 2

Let's start by looking at the meaning of two-factor authentication. Simply put, this is additional data that is vital for logging in, that needs to be entered with standard login and password. You receive this information in the form of various codes that come to various phones or computers where the authentication app is installed. You can never claim that your password is 100 percent secure, as any password can be hacked in various ways and thereby gain access to important information. That is why even Google recommends establishing two-factor protection on every site.

If we are talking about Magento 2, in this situation most vulnerable place to hacker attacks is the administrator panel, since it is through the administrator panel that attackers can gain access to a huge amount of information, including personal data of buyers. So making sure your admin dashboard is credited should be a top priority. To facilitate this task, Magento 2 has built-in functionality for the implementation of two-factor authentication. By installing it, you will provide additional verification for all administrators who are going to work through the administrator panel.

Now let's see how to implement two-factor authentication within Magento 2. To make things clear we will make this guide based on popular Google Authentication service.

To get started, enter the administrator sidebar, select Stores, then Settings. On the left side, click and expand the Security and after that click on 2FA (which means Two-Factor Authentication). After that, click to wide the General charter and switch Enable Two Factor Auth to Yes.

Now, let's assign a service through which two-factor authentication will be carried out. In our case, this is Google Authentication, but you may choose any method convenient for you. In order to assign an authentication service, in the Force Providers section, choose Google Authentication. From now on this service is assigned to all administrators and users. Next, let's move on to setting up the authentication operation itself.

Two-Factor Authentication for Magento 2

Expand the Google Authentication section, and in the Enable this provider item set Yes. Next, let's look at the last Enable "trust this device" option. It provides the option to customize how often two-factor authentication will be requested. You may want to set an option for your administrators to enter the authentication code every time they try to log in. To do so, switch this function to No. In case you set this option to Yes, then double authentication will work once. We strongly recommend to set this option to No. Additional security won't hurt.

And finally, the last point of installing protection is checking it. Install the Google Authentication application on your smartphone. The application is absolutely free and available via Google Play Store as well as the App Store. Next, try to enter the admin panel, and you will see a request to scan the QR code. This is possible through the Google Authentication application. Further, after scanning, your app will receive a unique code that needs to be entered in the field below the QR code. Voila, you have entered the administrator panel.

From now on your administrator panel is completely secure. But even when you’ve installed two-factor authentication, this fact does not mean that you should forget about strong passwords and complex logins. On the contrary, two-factor authentication, coupled with a very complex password is a real impregnable fortress for those who want to take over your data and the data of your customers. We hope this article was useful to you, and now you can breathe easy, as your precious business is under reliable protection. And that's all for now. Stay safe and if you have any questions related to Magento 2, don’t hesitate and contact us and our Team of Magento 2 Developers, and they will answer all your questions. 

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