Here's How it Works:
- Download the Google Authenticator app onto your smart phone (Google Play, Apple)
(An alternative to Google Authenticator is the "Yubikey")
- Add the relevant dashboard into your Devices -> Google Authenticator App (scan barcode using smart phone camera)
- Sign into the related dashboard, edit your user account, locate the 2FA settings, and type the verification code into your user account. Save.
- The next time you sign in you will be prompted to enter the verification code along with your password.
(Tip: don't just assume this works - test it!)
What is 2FA?
Two Factor Authentication is an additional security layer that asks for an randomly generated verification code along with your standard username & password. Since a username & password can be guessed, lost, or stolen, the additional security layer means that without physical access to your phone, a potential hacker still won't be able to get in!
How about 3FA?
Great question! Any login or set of credentials involves at least one of three of the following: something you know (a username & password), something you have (a phone), and something you are (a fingerprint, retina scan).
This means that for the highest level of security, you'll have a username & password, a randomly generated verification code, AND a fingerprint/retina scan!
However, this is not feasable in most situations, which is why we suggest using a combination of two: the username & password PLUS the randomly generated verification code.