WP 2FA – Best 2FA WordPress Plugin to Protect Your Site
By Adarsh Sojitra on March 18th, 2022
The difference between a secure site and hacked one is just a username and password. With the increase of automated password guessing attacks, WP 2FA(Two Factor Authentication) plugin has come to the market. It is the most powerful and easy-to-use plugin available in the market, with over 100,000 downloads. It is flexibly designed and helps you add an extra layer of security to your website’s login pages.
With the help of WP 2FA, you can pick from several two-factor authentication methods which your users can use. You can set up the whole process in a matter of minutes. The plugin supports and works with almost all the popular mobile devices apps like Google Authenticator, Authy, freeOTP, Microsoft Authenticator, and more.
Let’s look at the free and premium features provided by the plugin.
Plugin Free Features
- Easy to use and simple to set up: The plugin is straightforward to use, even for non-technical people. The setup process is intuitive and straightforward.
- Support multiple two-factor authentication methods: The free version of the plugin supports multiple 2FA methods. Due to the broad selection of 2FA methods, the plugin allows a broader range of users to take advantage of secure access to their WordPress accounts.
- Support universal 2FA apps: You and your users don’t have to install another third-party 2FA code app because the plugin supports almost all the 2FA apps like Google Authenticator, Authy, FreeOTP, Microsoft Authenticator, Duo Security, and many more.
- Make 2FA mandatory for website users: You can use the 2FA policies in the plugin to make 2FA mandatory for your users. Once you enable 2FA, your users will receive an email and a notification when they login to the website.
- Compatible with multiple third-party plugins: The plugin supports multiple third-party plugins, including Woocommerce, multiple members, BuddyPress, loginPress, Elementor Pro, and many more. WP 2FA offers seamless integration without any coding required.
- No dashboard access required: There is no WordPress admin dashboard access required for users to set up 2FA on their site. The plugin allows administrators to give their users access to 2FA configuration options without opening unnecessary resources.
- Protect against brute force attacks: Login using automated password generating is too weak, and due to weak passwords, chances of getting brute force attacks are increasing. The plugin helps users to protect their accounts with two-factor authentication.
Plugin Premium Features
- White label all the 2FA pages: With the white-label feature, you can change the background color, text font, logo, button’s color, and text of the 2FA code page to fit your website’s branding.
- Multiple 2FA methods compare to the free version: The premium version allows you to select more than ten 2FA methods so users can choose the most secure and convenient method according to their needs.
- Different user policies for different user profiles: You can make 2FA mandatory for All website users, All users of an individual site, User with a specific role, The super admins on a multisite network. Users for whom the policies apply are notified that they must configure and use two-factor authentication by enabling two-factor authentication policies.
- 2FA usage reports: Reports allow you to know which users configured 2FA, which method they are using, who is not using 2FA, and many other statistics at a glance.
- Premium quality support: Paid customer support is given priority via one-to-one email and over the phone.
Setup the plugin
This guide helps you to configure the plugin functionality for your WordPress user.
Install and activate the plugin
First, go to the WordPress admin area and navigate the Plugins tab on the dashboard’s sidebar. Next, click on the “add new” button and search the WP 2FA plugin in the search bar. You’ll see the plugin as follows.
Install and activate the plugin.
After activation, a wizard starts automatically to help you configure two-factor authentication for your user. The screen looks like the following image.
Choose 2FA methods
After clicking on the Let’s get started button, you’ll have to choose the 2FA methods for your users. You can select 2FA methods like one-time code via email, via 2FA apps, and other secondary methods here.
Enforce 2FA policy
When you enforce 2FA, the users will be prompted to configure 2FA the next time they log in. You can enforce policy for all users, specific users, or disable this feature if you don’t need to use it. You can also exclude some users if you choose all for the 2FA policy.
The grace period is a time when users configure 2FA on their accounts. You can choose either to have a grace period to configure 2FA or can be required to configure 2FA before the next time they log in.
After selecting the appropriate method, click on the All done button. You can now successfully configure the 2FA policy.
Configure 2FA for the user account
By clicking on the All done button, you need to configure 2FA for your user account. Choose the appropriate method and click on the Next button below the form.
Setup the 2FA method
To set up the 2FA method, you need to install an app from the above-recommended apps on your mobile device. Scan the QR code from within the application, provided on the form like the image below.
Click on the I am ready button to complete the application setup process to proceed with the setup wizard.
Enter the authentication code
You need to enter the authentication code from your authenticator app to finalize the setup.
Enter the code and click on the Validate & save configuration button.
Generate backup codes
If you lose your phone and can’t access the authenticator app or one-time password, you can use backup codes to sign in to your Google account. Once you use the backup code to sign in, that code becomes inactive.
Click on the Generate list of backup codes button, and download all backup codes for the future. Of course, you’ll generate backup codes later from plugin settings.
That’s it. The security layer has been successfully integrated into the account.
- Starter: $59/year
- Professional: $89/year
- Business: $99/year
- Enterprise: $149/year
The plugin licensing is based on the number of users. So, you can use the same license on multiple websites as long as it covers the number of users who should use it. The free version of the plugin is available on the WordPress official site. The plugin also offers you a 30-day money-back guarantee if you experience an issue or other problems with it.
The reason behind using the plugin is to add an extra layer of security to your WordPress login pages within a matter of minutes. You can better protect your website, customers, team, and members.
That’s it. We hope this article might help you understand and configure the plugin easily.