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How to setup two-step authentication in WordPress

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Hi there, and welcome back to Creative Quick Tips. Now if you're not familiar with Google Authenticator, The Google Authenticator settings will be there, and you can make sure it's active, And by entering in that code, I am allowed to log in to my site.

How to setup two-step authentication in WordPress

Hi there, and welcome back to Creative Quick Tips. My name is Justin Seeley, and today I'm going to be showing you how to add a little bit more security to your WordPress blog using two factor authentication. Now, this was something that was requested to me via email recently. Someone emailed in after watching the series, and they said, you know everybody is telling me I need two factor authentication on my Twitter account, on my Google profile, all that stuff. How do I add this to just my regular blog? And I found that it's actually really easy, because with WordPress, there's always a plugin for that, right? So, on your WordPress blog go ahead and log in and go to the plugin section and then go down to Add New.

Once your on that section, type in Google authenticator in the search field. Now if you're not familiar with Google Authenticator, it is an app that is put onto your smartphone. Blackberry, iOS, Android device. If you have one of those three, you're good to go. And so, once you search the plugin directory, this one is the one you're looking for. Google Authenticator, at the time of this recording it's at version 0.47. Its got five stars in the ratings. I'm going to install this and hit OK. So, basically how this works once you have this active, is you're going to go in to your user profile and I'll just go to my profile here.

The Google Authenticator settings will be there, and you can make sure it's active, first of all. Put a check mark there. If you want to use relaxed mode, that's going to give you a little bit more time. It says drifting on your phone, like plus or minus four minutes. And so basically, that just gives you more time to enter in the code. because the codes do expire relatively quickly. But, basically, I don't turn this on because I don't need that much time. Usually, if I'm log into something, I've got Google Authenticator open, and ready to go, at all times. Description, this is a big one, especially if you manage multiple WordPress sites, you want to make sure that you're very descriptive about what this is.

Now, in this case, this is just a test site, so I'm just going to call this, my test site. So, once I have that done, my description is completed, and now I'm going to go down here and I'm going to choose Show or Hide QR code. And once I have that, this QR code is what I'm then going to use Google Authenticator to scan, and so right now while I'm talking I'm actually scanning this and adding it to my Google Authenticator app. You can't currently see it on screen and that's okay. Basically, what happens now, is Google Authenticator has a constantly running timer.

Indicating how much time I have left to enter in this code, for this blog. So now, what I'm going to do, is I'm going to scroll all the way down here, and I'm going to update my profile. And, when I update my profile, that's going to leave all of these settings active. And then I'm going to come up here and I'm going to log out. So now I'm logged out, and I'm at the regular old WordPress login screen. And so right now, Google Authenticator is displaying a code for me. If I want to use this code, I'd just type it in. And by entering in that code, I am allowed to log in to my site.

But what happens if we log out, and we come back to the same screen, and we wait for the code to expire, which should be in the next few seconds. Once the code has expired, then even if a person has your user name and password, they are not going to be able to get into your site. So right now the code is expired, a new code is active. If I try to log in without a code. It's going to come back and say, ERROR. The Google Authenticator code is incorrect or expired. So this is just another layer of security that is really effective.

And if you have the Google Authenticator app on your smartphone it makes it super easy to add an extra layer of security without much of a hassle at all. So, check it out. It's the Google Authenticator plugin along with the Google Authenticator app. It adds extra security to your WordPress blog with two factor authentication, which is all the rage now a days.

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    1. Welcome to the series
      48s
    2. How to send feedback
      57s
  2. 9m 1s
    1. How to create line shadows in Illustrator
      5m 30s
    2. Using custom keyboard shortcuts in Photoshop
      3m 31s
  3. 11m 50s
    1. How to create layers from Photoshop Layer Styles
      3m 14s
    2. How to turn Illustrator artwork into Shape Layers
      3m 15s
    3. How to combine vector shapes in Photoshop
      2m 49s
    4. How to use text wrapping in Illustrator
      2m 32s
  4. 15m 41s
    1. How to effectively rotate objects in Illustrator
      2m 39s
    2. How to create interlocking shapes in Illustrator
      3m 29s
    3. How to speed up Photoshop's performance
      3m 25s
    4. How to use tool shortcuts in Photoshop
      2m 52s
    5. How to use springloaded shortcuts in Photoshop
      3m 16s
  5. 9m 27s
    1. How to create a better Twitter avatar
      3m 59s
    2. How to embed videos in WordPress without a plugin
      1m 45s
    3. How to embed real tweets into any WordPress post
      2m 15s
    4. Create your own Photoshop shortcut cheat sheet
      1m 28s
  6. 17m 53s
    1. How to create better Facebook cover photos
      4m 31s
    2. How to use keyboard shortcuts in WordPress
      2m 47s
    3. How to add Apple touch icons to your website
      5m 27s
    4. How to use Font Awesome in design applications
      5m 8s
  7. 8m 50s
    1. How to create your own pixel grids
      4m 25s
    2. How to sample colors from anywhere
      2m 5s
    3. How to create diagonal guides in Illustrator
      2m 20s
  8. 13m 48s
    1. How to round individual corners on Illustrator shapes
      3m 21s
    2. How to use Camera Raw as a Smart Filter
      4m 8s
    3. How to use the Shape Builder Tool to recolor artwork
      3m 34s
    4. How to use "Align to Key Object" in Illustrator
      2m 45s
  9. 8m 26s
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      1m 50s
    2. How to draw awesome shapes with the tilde key
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    3. How to reset your bounding box in Illustrator
      2m 6s
    4. How to change your artboard color in Illustrator
      2m 18s
  10. 23m 19s
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      4m 1s
    2. How to create scalable rounded rectangles in Illustrator
      4m 16s
    3. How to use the fill commands in Photoshop
      3m 52s
    4. How to accurately space objects in Illustrator
      2m 5s
    5. Ten WordPress plugins that you should know
      9m 5s
  11. 9m 41s
    1. Unlocking background layers in Photoshop
      1m 8s
    2. Using opacity shortcuts in Photoshop
      1m 50s
    3. Using Illustrator's Glyphs Panel for icon fonts
      3m 15s
    4. Creating flexible buttons in Illustrator
      3m 28s
  12. 6m 31s
    1. Locking artwork in Illustrator
      2m 5s
    2. Five free fonts for your next project
      2m 0s
    3. Improving the SEO of your Muse website
      2m 26s
  13. 17m 7s
    1. Fitting content into your InDesign frames
      2m 37s
    2. Setting up your own Autocorrect in InDesign
      2m 33s
    3. Drawing complex shapes in Illustrator
      3m 14s
    4. Using the snapshots feature in Photoshop
      4m 40s
    5. Creating awesome product shots with Placeit
      4m 3s
  14. 18m 10s
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      1m 55s
    2. Using the transform command in Illustrator
      4m 14s
    3. Five tools for wireframing & mockups
      7m 36s
    4. How to convert videos into GIFs using Photoshop
      4m 25s
  15. 16m 10s
    1. Using PNG Hat to export Photoshop assets
      4m 56s
    2. How to setup two-step authentication in WordPress
      3m 50s
    3. Analyzing the speed of your website
      2m 19s
    4. How to create beveled text in Illustrator
      5m 5s

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