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cPanel made secure with 2 Factor Authentication

Posted by Allison on 24 08 2017.

What is a 2 Factor Authentication?
While running a website, its security is one of the most important things that you need to bear in mind. It is your responsibility to ensure that the domain and your account are kept as secure as possible from possible intrusions or attacks. 2 Factor Authentication (commonly known as 2FA) is one such security mechanism which helps you secure your domain. For an account with no 2FA, all you need to do to access that account is enter the ID and the password. Given that both of these can be very easily shared or retrieved by mischief makers, 2FA aims to provide a second layer of protection. It does so by asking you for a PIN (Personal Identification Number), a pattern or another password. With biometric recognition services quickly gaining traction due to their increased accuracy, the same can also be accomplished by the use…

What is a 2 Factor Authentication?

While running a website, its security is one of the most important things that you need to bear in mind. It is your responsibility to ensure that the domain and your account are kept as secure as possible from possible intrusions or attacks. 2 Factor Authentication (commonly known as 2FA) is one such security mechanism which helps you secure your domain. For an account with no 2FA, all you need to do to access that account is enter the ID and the password. Given that both of these can be very easily shared or retrieved by mischief makers, 2FA aims to provide a second layer of protection. It does so by asking you for a PIN (Personal Identification Number), a pattern or another password. With biometric recognition services quickly gaining traction due to their increased accuracy, the same can also be accomplished by the use of biometric features such as a thumbprint or a voice sample.

cPanel & 2FA

After a long waiting period, cPanel also decided to get on board with 2FA and provide its users the greater security it ensures. After receiving some concerns about 2FA from third party integrators regarding changes to the API, cPanel decided to solve the problem once and for all and thus introduced 2FA system to its API as well. This foresight prevented any bypassing of the 2FA mechanism put into place by cPanel.

How to enable 2 Factor Authentication for your domain

If you have decided to add another layer of security to your domain using 2FA, you can activate it on your cPanel interface by going through the following steps: –

  • Click on the “2 Factor Authentication” icon on your cPanel interface
  • Click on the button labeled “Configure 2 Factor Authentication”. For the next steps, keep a mobile device with Google Authentication App preinstalled. This is needed to scan the QR code provided on the cPanel interface. In case you cannot scan the QR code, you can opt for the manual entry mode and manually enter the authentication key. Let us assume you go in for the QR code.
  • Click on “Scan Barcode” and scan the QR code on the screen
  • There will now appear a 6 digit code for a short period of time. Quickly note this number down. After scrolling down, you will see step 2 where you need to enter this 6 digit code. Once you complete this step, your 2FA is now set up.

After setting up and enabling 2FA, your login to cPanel will now entail a password and then a further authentication using the Google authentication app.