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Posted by Alex Levin on 10 01 2017.

Much thanks to the User Preferences interface in your cPanel interface, you can perform a variety of tasks and changes to make your experience better and more personalized. For instance, you can change your password here to make it stronger, you can enable both the External Authentication and the Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) processes here, link and unlink accounts, as well as several other customizations.

Password Changes

When you want to change your password, especially to make it stronger and more secure, just follow these steps:

 	Head to the user menu and look for the “Click Password & Security” option. Click on it.
 	Key in all the data required and then click on the “Change” button.

There is more to changing your password than just this though. Since you want to prevent unauthorized access to your account you should generate a strong password, for the security and safety sake.

To create strong and difficult-to-hack passwords,…

Much thanks to the User Preferences interface in your cPanel interface, you can perform a variety of tasks and changes to make your experience better and more personalized. For instance, you can change your password here to make it stronger, you can enable both the External Authentication and the Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) processes here, link and unlink accounts, as well as several other customizations.

Password Changes

When you want to change your password, especially to make it stronger and more secure, just follow these steps:

  1. Head to the user menu and look for the “Click Password & Security” option. Click on it.
  2. Key in all the data required and then click on the “Change” button.

There is more to changing your password than just this though. Since you want to prevent unauthorized access to your account you should generate a strong password, for the security and safety sake.

To create strong and difficult-to-hack passwords, you should combine letters, symbols, and numbers.

Enabling the External Authentication Process

System administrators may provide you with the opportunity to link your cPanel account with a third party offering external authentication. You can then use this feature to log in to your account.

With this external authentication, you simply have to click on the icon for the third party site you prefer to use (Facebook, google, WHMCS, and your web host provider’s portal). You can also use your cPanelID as the authenticator. The primary benefit of enabling this feature is that you no longer have to keep memorizing credentials, such as email addresses, usernames, and passwords.

Under the Password & Security interface, you will find the External Authentication interface. It provides you with a list of credentials for providers offering OpenID Connect-compliant identity services. When you have accounts under any of these providers, you can use link the same credentials on unlink them to both your cPanel and WHM accounts.

Linking Accounts for External Authentication

When you want to use external authentication for your cPanel, WHM, or even your Webmail accounts, you just have to follow these steps:

  1. Choose the tab named “External Authentication.”
  2. Click the option labelled “Link Account” (appearing next to the appropriate identity provider’s name). A new window will pop up, which is basically the log in interface for your chosen identity provider.
  3. Just fill in all the text boxes with the appropriate data, including credentials like username, password, or email address. However, when you have already logged in to the identity provider’s site, you no longer have to perform this step.
  4. Click on the confirmation button that you want to enable the link between the identity provider and your cPanel, WHM, or Webmail accounts.
  5. Click on the confirmation button informing you whether or not you really want to link your cPanel, WHM, or Webmail accounts to the identity provider’s credentials.

Unlinking Accounts to Remove External Authentication

In the event you want to cut the connection between and your cPanel account and an identity provider, just follow these two steps:

  1. Click the button for the “Unlink Account” right beside the correct account you want to stop using the external authentication process for.
  2. A new interface window will pop up, confirming whether or not you wish to proceed with the unlinking.