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Last year was the “worst year on record” in terms of data breaches with Risk Based Security reporting that more than 15.1 billion records were exposed. Instead of focusing on credit card data, hackers most frequently go after your access credentials, especially passwords.

Considering many of us re-use passwords across multiple accounts, this issue is a ticking time bomb. Two-factor authentication (2FA) is an invaluable tool that will help you protect your WordPress account.

The Importance of WordPress Two-Factor Authentication

WordPress is the most popular CMS in the world, with 61.8% of the CMS market share. This is more than Joomla, Drupal, Squarespace and Wix combined. The appealing thing about WordPress is that it’s very user-friendly, even for beginners. However, it also poses a problem as many users don’t secure their accounts with the correct permissions or by patching.

Adding an extra layer of security to your WordPress 2FA login is essential.

It requires you to enter an additional code as well as your password to access your account. The whole point of the process is that it combines something you know – your password – with something you own. Typically, it comes in the form of an app or text message.

Best WordPress 2FA Plugins

Duo

Duo WordPress

Duo Security is one of the simplest plugins to install as it doesn’t require any additional software or hardware.

This 2FA WordPress plugin supports multiple methods of authentication, including:

  • One-tap
  • OTP via SMS
  • Phone call to your mobile or landline
  • OATH-compliant devices

On the other hand, it doesn’t have support for WordPress multi-sites, or the popular Google Authenticator. There is also a lack of QR Code authentication.

Rublon

Rublon offers a one-click download and activation process that makes it one of the simplest 2FA WordPress plugins available. It is free for single users, but multiple users will need to use the paid business subscription at $1 per month.

The interface is easy to use, and you have options including email security and mobile app scans to verify the identity of users. There is multilingual support for English, Japanese, German, Turkish and Polish speakers.

Google Authenticator

Google Authenticator is a free WordPress 2FA plugin compatible with Android, iPhone, and Blackberry devices. One of the main highlights is that it can be enabled on a per-user basis.

To log into your WordPress account, you will be asked for your username, password, as well as the code from the Google Authenticator app.

The downside is that it lacks a global option to enforce 2FA. This means you will need to make this option available individually for each user.

Final Word

Data breaches are on the rise each year. Using two-factor authentication is essential for every WordPress user to keep information secure. Which one will you choose?

Comments

  1. I am really hesitant to adding plugins lately.

    But i really did need rublon it seems.

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