Use Two-Factor Authentication to Make Your Site More Secure

Looking for a way to add an extra layer of protection to your site security? Two-factor authentication (2FA) might be your best bet. 2FA can be used along with your traditional login credentials to make it even harder for unauthorized users to log into your account (even if they have your password).

Let’s review why enabling 2FA will benefit your site security, and how it can stop hackers in their tracks.

Site security is more than just a good password

As hackers and cybercriminals become more advanced, traditional usernames and passwords are not enough to protect your website (especially if you’re in the habit of recycling passwords for multiple accounts). When logging into your 2FA-enabled accounts, you’ll be prompted to input an extra piece of information (generally a six-digit verification code) generated by a device like your smart phone.

Once you implement 2FA, you can choose whether you want to use it every time you log in, or enter it once every 30 days.

Getting hacked has major consequences

With the help of complex algorithms, social engineering, and other tools, hackers are capable of breaking into vulnerable websites to perform malicious acts. These acts can range from blackhat link building (creating backlinks to their own sites) and replacing affiliate links, to adding malicious code, generating spam content, and redirecting your readers to harmful sites.

Most of these activities are hard to detect unless you are constantly monitoring your site with a robust security plugin. Undetected and unresolved, these vulnerabilities can result in lower search engine rankings and getting blacklisted by anti-virus service providers, effectively blocking off traffic from your content, blog, or business website.

You will then have to manually purge the malware and spam from your site, while filing an appeal against the ban, or pay an agency to do it for you.

Stop the hack before it happens

2FA can save you a lot of time, grief, and hard work. The chances of someone else using your login credentials to take over your site are minimized with 2FA, as no one else can log into your accounts without the verification codes generated by your own device, which will probably be within arm’s reach at all times (especially if it’s your phone).

2FA, combined with Jetpack’s spam filtering and brute force attack protection, will help to keep you and your site visitors safe from a variety of cyberattacks, while guaranteeing that people experience your site the way that you intended them to.

Enable 2FA using Secure Sign On

By activating Secure Sign On, you’re able to register for and log into self-hosted sites securely and quickly using your credentials.

Jetpack will allow you to add 2-factor authentication to your WordPress site, requiring users to authenticate their logins with a special code or app

Visit the Two-Step Authentication page to enable 2FA on your account. You’ll be asked to provide your phone number in order to verify your identity (via SMS or an authenticator app like Google Authenticator).

If you choose to verify via SMS, you will receive a seven-digit code. Enter this number into the appropriate field and click Enable.

If you choose to verify via an authenticator app, scan the QR code displayed on-screen with your authenticator app. A six-digit code (that automatically refreshes as an added security measure) will then appear. Enter this into the blank space provided and click Enable.

Once you enable 2FA on your account, you’ll be prompted to save a copy of your backup codes. You can use these codes to log back into your account in case your authenticator app glitches or your device goes missing.

Don’t let your site fall into the wrong hands

If it can happen to Equifax, Uber, and Yahoo!, it can happen to anyone. Prevent your site from falling victim to malicious attacks by enabling two-factor authentication to add an extra layer of protection to the content you’ve worked so hard to build out.

What other security measures have you implemented on your Jetpack site? Share your tips in the comments section!

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  1. Tom says:

    Hi Antony, I use the DUO plugin for 2FA because it has one big advantage. You can install the DUO app on your mobile and when you login a message is pushed to this app and it opens a screen that lets you choose “Yes” or “No”. So no typing of SMS codes. Recently DUO is bought by Cisco so its future seems pretty sure and if Cisco buys it it must meet their security standards. On other thing, SMS codes are not considered very safe anymore. They show up on your phones lockscreen if you don’t block that and SMS can be spoofed.


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