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Tutorial Forum Security: Two-Step Verification

Discussion in 'Forum Rules, Information and Announcements' started by HaloHalo, Jul 12, 2016.

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    HaloHalo Administrator Staff Member

    Hello security-conscious users,
    Just to make you aware, the forum was updated at the weekend. With it comes a feature, it is called two-step verification.

    Two-step verification, also known as two-factor authentication, requires you to provide two pieces of information to login. The general form is expressed as "something you know and something you have". "Something you know" is your password. "Something you have" is the new part. You may have seen this with other services, such as Google accounts. If you're familiar with that, you'll understand how it will work in the forum.

    When you've enabled two-step verification (this feature is not enforced), you will login with your username or email and password as normal. Once those are verified, the forum will determine if two step verification is needed. If so, you'll need to take the appropriate steps to complete that. Upon receiving that verification, you'll be logged in as normal.

    To manually enable authentication simply click on your account and select Two-Step Verification
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    You will need to confirm page access by inputting your login password.
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    There are several mechanisms for providing the authentication process; via App (also available as a chrome add-on, see below) or via email. Select your preference.
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    So, once you have applied the feature you will authenticate either by scanning the QR code or inputting the code that you received within the email. The authentication is time-sensitive (15 minutes) so ensure you have your email already open (if on PC), by smartphone you should be automatically notified.
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    As you can see, you have an option for 30 days authentication per each device that you use to log in.
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    A stated, this feature is an individual choice and not enforced, so please choose this feature if you value online security. :)

    The Apps are available in a different flavour, Chrome Add Ons :-
    https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/authenticator/bhghoamapcdpbohphigoooaddinpkbai?hl=en
    https://chrome.google.com/webstore/...hgenkpocbhhddlgkjnfghpjanffonno/related?hl=en
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2016
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