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Enabling two-factor authentication on WordPress

For the past two years, I’ve been enabling two-factor authentication (2FA) wherever I can, and particularly on services where I want to ensure that my data is as secure as possible. Back in April, I added 2FA to this site. As this was the first time I’d ever set something like this up on a service that I maintain myself, I went to the task with a fair bit of trepidation as I simply had no idea how easy or difficult it would be. As it turns out, it is very easy. Here’s how I did it:

  1. I went to the Plugins-page in my WordPress backend interface
  2. I clicked “Add New”
  3. I searched for “Two Factor Authentication”
  4. I installed the plugin “Two Factor Authentication
  5. I enabled the plugin
  6. I set up 2FA for my account here on my Google Authenticator app
  7. I verified that the two were in sync, by verifying that I had the same code as was displayed in the interface
  8. I enabled 2FA

I left the plugin using the default algorithm (TOTP), and haven’t looked back since.

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