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A Discussion on the Two-Factor Authentication for cPanel

Posted by Allura on 07 11 2019.

Introduction
Almost every interface has a security measure to ensure safety measures. Similarly, the Two-factor Authentication is a measure for security that needs two types of identification checks. Once you are asked to enter the password, you will need to out in a security code. This security code is sent to your smartphone and only then will you be able to log in to the system.However, the smartphone used in this case should support a time-based one-time password (TOTP) application. To make use of this feature, it should be enabled to you by your hosting provider. Follow the given steps in WHM.Switch the Two-Factor Authentication Security Policy toggle to On mode in the Two-Factor Authentication interface of WHM. This can be found in the path (WHM >> Home >> Security >> Two-Factor Authentication).
Allow the Two-Factor Authentication (Google Indicator) feature to the required users in WHM’s Feature Manager interface which…

Introduction

Almost every interface has a security measure to ensure safety measures. Similarly, the Two-factor Authentication is a measure for security that needs two types of identification checks. Once you are asked to enter the password, you will need to out in a security code. This security code is sent to your smartphone and only then will you be able to log in to the system.

However, the smartphone used in this case should support a time-based one-time password (TOTP) application. To make use of this feature, it should be enabled to you by your hosting provider. Follow the given steps in WHM.

  1. Switch the Two-Factor Authentication Security Policy toggle to On mode in the Two-Factor Authentication interface of WHM. This can be found in the path (WHM >> Home >> Security >> Two-Factor Authentication).
  2. Allow the Two-Factor Authentication (Google Indicator) feature to the required users in WHM’s Feature Manager interface which can be found at the path (WHM >> Home >> Packages >> Feature Manager).

Make a note that Two-Factor Authentication allows only one simultaneous session for any user. In case you try to open cPanel from a number of web browser windows and log out of one of them, the user will be directed out from all other windows by the server.

Configuration of Two-Factor Authentication

In order to configure the Two-Factor Authentication, follow the given steps accordingly.

  1. Select and click on Set Up Two-Factor Authentication.
  2. Associate your cPanel account and your two-factor authentication application so that:
  • A link is created automatically and the QR code on display is scanned with the app.
  • A link is created manually and the given Account and Key information is entered in your app.
  1. From your two-factor authentication app, get the six-digit security code which is re-generated every half a minute.
  2. Put in the six-digit security code in the Security Code text box.
  3. Click on Configure Two-Factor Authentication.

In case of a warning message stating failure of the procedure, the probable reason is an invalid security code. There may be a problem with the date and time settings of your system as well. Contact your hosting provider to troubleshoot this issue.

Removal of Two-Factor Authentication

To remove Two-factor Authentication, select on Remove Two-Factor Authentication.

Reconfiguration of Two-Factor Authentication

Click on Reconfigure to reconfigure Two-Factor Authentication.

Conclusion

This document states what a Two-Factor Authentication is and how to configure it efficiently.