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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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