Can you Access cPanel with External Authentication Credentials?
Posted by Allura on 27 03 2019.
A Brief Introduction
If you want to update your account’s password, then this interface will help you to do that. It is imperative to remember that a strong password can help you to secure your cPanel account.
Change your Password
If you want to change your password, you can either enter the information you want to input and click Change your password now!, or you can use the Password Generator feature.
It is important to remember that if you use Windows® Vista, Windows® 7, Windows® 8, or Windows® 10 and you access Web Disk over a clear text, unencrypted connection then you must enable Digest Authentication.
Create a Strong Password
If you want to ensure your account’s security, it is imperative that you create a strong password:
- For example, you can use a different password for each of your important accounts(for example, your email accounts).
- To ensure that your password is strong enough, you can use a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols in your password.
You can also use the Password Generator feature. This feature can generate secure passwords, which are difficult for users with brute-force intentions to suspect. Password Generator feature can be used in every interface that displays it.
A new window appears, when you click on Password Generator that contains a generated password in a text box. You can keep clicking on Generate Password until it generates a satisfactory result, i.e. a password.
Configure security requirements
If you want to set the security requirements of the new password, you can perform the following steps:
- Click on Advanced Options.
- In the Lengthtext box enter the desired length of the password.
- You can select whether you would want to include uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers, or symbols.
- You can then copy the password in a safe place and select the ‘I have copied this password in a safe place’ checkbox which can be found at the bottom of the window.
- You can then finally click on Use Passwordto use the generated password. If you want to reject the password and close the Password Generator window, click on Cancel.
It is important to note that you can take the help of your system administrator to allow users to access cPanel with external authentication credentials (for example, cPanelID, Google® Accounts, WHMCS, Facebook®, or your hosting provider’s portal). This functionality is helpful because it allows you to reduce the number of passwords that you need to remember.
The credentials for OpenID Connect-compliant identity providers is listed by The External Authentication tab that can be used to log in to cPanel and Webmail.
This section of the interface can also be used to link new credentials or unlink existing credentials.
- It is important to note that if the server administrator has configured at least one external authentication module only then this section appears.
- It is also important to note that the external authentication identity providers that is selected by your hosting provider in WHM’s Manage External Authentications interface (WHM >> Home >> Security Center >> Manage External Authentications) can only be displayed by this interface.
- As part of the authentication process most identity providers allow you to register for an account.
- It is also imperative to remember that your cPanelIDuses the same username and password that you use for the cPanel Store, the cPanel Tickets system, and the Manage2 billing system. You can register for one during the authentication process, if you do not already use a cPanelID.
- You also have the option to link one or more external accounts to one or more cPanel accounts, WHM accounts, or Webmail accounts.
- However, it is important to note that if you link to an external account through an identity provider that uses two-factor authentication, you mustalso authenticate through that same identity provider apart from any two-factor authentication that you configure on your server.
Linking your Account
If you want to link your cPanel or Webmail account to credentials at an external authentication identity provider, you have to perform these steps:
- Initially click on the External Authentication
- Then click on Link Accountnext to the name of the appropriate identity provider. You will see a new login interface for that identity provider.
- You can now enter the username, password, and other credentials for that identity provider. Please note that the interface will skip this step if you are currently logged in to that identity provider.
- Then you have to confirm that you want to allow the provider to link to your cPanel or Webmail account.
- Thereafter, you can just confirm that you want to link your cPanel account to the authentication credentials of the provider.
Unlinking your Account
If you want to unlink the external authentication identity provider credentials from your account, click on Unlink Account next to the pertinent account.
You will see a new interface that asks you to confirm that you wish to unlink your account.
This review outlines the steps on how you can easily access cPanel with external authentication credentials.