How to Set UP Google Authenticator in WordPress Blog?

Nowadays, people have become more conscious regarding the online security. This is due to the increasing security attacks that occur every day in the digital world. To ramp up the security of your WordPress blog, Google’s multi-factor or two factor authentication works wonder. Take a look at the detailed overview.

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What does Actually Two Factor Authentication Mean?

Two factor authentication is defined as a process where two sets of authentication are required before the user logs into the website. The simplest example of this authentication is a set of two inputs i.e. username and password, but it is only a primary step. Before you actually log in, you are supposed to fill the second step for complete identity confirmation on the tablet or cell phone, generally through a secondary application. You may think that it is a new thing, but it is not as you are following it in another way. Remember when you pay using a credit card, you often need to show your identification to the person who is standing at the checkout counter. Other than this, you might need to enter your zip code or have to enter security code given on the back of your card. Thus, you can observe it is not a new thing, but the application using which you log in is a new thing having good attributes. That is why, more and more people are opting it.

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How Does Working of Two Factor Authentication Go Ahead?

Generally, hackers find it easy to crack a password when you use similar password for numerous websites. People are quite lazy regarding changing passwords so frequently even after a security breach that put their account in danger. So, multi-factor authentication is a solution designed for them.

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Even, the hackers gets to know about your WordPress password & username, he cannot access your website until they get a security code (which is a random code provided from Google Authenticator). This is safe because the blog is straightly connected to the mobile device you have, so you solely know the unique code for login. The best thing is that it expires in a short time span to make the security more powerful. But, you must keep in mind that this authenticator will work with only Windows Phone, BlackBerry, webOS, iOS, PalmOS and Android devices. In simple words, we can say that you must be having a smartphone, tablet or iPod touch with their respective OS (operating system). The Samsung’s Java-based and Symbian operating systems do not have support for it.

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Steps to Set up Google Authenticator

You just need to set up Google Authenticator in the device. Simply, go to the app store, find “Google Authenticator”, download it and install the app. Now, return to the WordPress dashboard, then come back to Google Authenticator once you enabled it to your WordPress end. Go to the WordPress menu, now click on the Users » Your Profile. You will find the Google authenticator settings here.


Active Status

If this box appears, this means that you are done with the entire setup process and Google Authenticator is ready to be used.

Relaxed Mode

Usually, Google Authenticator code gets expired in a minute, but by using relaxed mode, you can extend it by 4 minutes. Thus, type your 6 characters code before the session expires.

Secret Key With Description

Use secret key manually to add the new WordPress account to the app, this key is needed when you do not use OR code. To enter this key, go to menu key then add account and enter the provided key.

Validate App Password

It is required only if you are going along with remote publishing (XML-RPC) on your blog. This is true that by enabling this feature, the login security of your blog decreases. But, if you still want to go along with it, then set an app password.

The WordPress part is over now. So, click on the icon of Google Authenticator application and then go to the + icon for adding a fresh account.

One-Time Passcode

Go for one-time passwords as it is based on time (remains valid for short duration) and provides better protection against keyloggers and phishing.

Bar Code Scanning

It might be possible that space is not left in your description. Now, scan the bar code, click in WordPress to get the QR code. People who have space in the descriptions, then they can type their description in their account name.

Wrapping Up

Thus, accelerate the privacy of your WordPress blog by following these simple steps. If you find it difficult, then hire reliable WordPress developer who can do it for you.

Bryan Lazaris is a WordPress developer at HireWebDeveloper. Having a strong interest in writing and years of experience in WordPress, he imparts his knowledge of WordPress through different write-ups.