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External Authentication for cPanel Version 54

Posted by Allison on 15 02 2017.

When it comes to authentications for your cPanel version 54, you have three different options to choose from. One is to log in via the cPanel portal itself, the second through enabling external authentication, and third, is to take advantage of the two-factor authentication process.

Authentication is critical to any offline or online asset you possess, as this serves as the barrier between the real user and an imposter or hacker.

A 101 on Authentication

Authentication refers to the process wherein users enter their credentials (such as username and password) to a site they want to gain access to. A successful authentication means that the credentials entered match those stored either through an authentication server or in an authorized user’s database found in the local OS (operating system).

How External Authentication Works

As the term implies, external authentication works through authorizing access via a secure third party. For example, when you have a Facebook or…

When it comes to authentications for your cPanel version 54, you have three different options to choose from. One is to log in via the cPanel portal itself, the second through enabling external authentication, and third, is to take advantage of the two-factor authentication process.

Authentication is critical to any offline or online asset you possess, as this serves as the barrier between the real user and an imposter or hacker.

A 101 on Authentication

Authentication refers to the process wherein users enter their credentials (such as username and password) to a site they want to gain access to. A successful authentication means that the credentials entered match those stored either through an authentication server or in an authorized user’s database found in the local OS (operating system).

How External Authentication Works

As the term implies, external authentication works through authorizing access via a secure third party. For example, when you have a Facebook or Google account, or you have access to your web hosting service provider’s portal, you can use the external authentication method to access the website (for instance, your cPanel account) via these third party accounts you have already logged into.

The External Authentication Tool in cPanel v54

Just las year, version 54 of cPanel & WHM, finally received an upgrade in the form of the External Authentication feature. Through this handy update, system admins can give users the ability to use their cPanel credentials and link them with providers offering OpenID authentication.

What This Means

In other words, when you have associated your cPanel account with an authenticated external provider, you can simply click on the icon with the label of the provider you prefer. This will then automatically log you in to your cPanel account. With just a single click of your mouse, you can already gain access to your account.

As a system administrator, you can grant your users the external authentication ability so that they can enjoy the convenience of simply clicking on an authorized third party’s button like cPanelID, Facebook, or Google. This is a very convenient feature, especially since many people often forget their login credentials to the point that they become locked out or temporarily banned from gaining access to their accounts.

Also, this gives them the chance to minimize the number of log in credentials they have to remember, something a lot of people have trouble with.

The Two-factor Authentication for cPanel v54

Several years ago, cPanel did not offer the tow-factor external authentication feature. However, they finally announced that they will introduce this nifty and more secure authentication feature back in January 2016.

More commonly referred to simply as 2FA, the two-factor authentication enhances security of cPanel accounts. This is because of the additional login procedure. When you enable 2FA on your account, users should provide a six-digit code that functions as the additional security step. They need to put this in so they can log in to their account.

Once the system determines the codes match, they finally will have access to their cPanel account. WHM also utilizes both the External Authentication and the Two-Factor Authentication features.