The steps for installing the Google Authenticator program on several mobile operating systems (Android, iOS, Windows Phone), as a web browser extension, and for using it in conjunction with the control panel are described in the instructions.
What it is?
Google Authenticator provides two-factor authentication (2FA). 2FA is an additional layer of security used to validate users trying to access an online account. First, the user enters his username and password. Then, instead of being immediately granted access, it will have to provide other information, such as:
- additional information (personal identification number (PIN), password, answers to “secret questions” or a specific keystroke sequence);
- proof of ownership (usually, the user has something in their possession, such as a credit card, a smartphone, or a small hardware token);
- biometric data (this category is a little more advanced and may include a biometric fingerprint pattern, iris scan, or voice print).
Thus, even if your password is stolen or your phone is lost, it is unlikely that someone else will gain access to your information.
Setting up Google Authenticator on Android
To install the application on the Android operating system, simply download it from the Google Play store :
After installation, on the first page, click Get Started :
If you wish, you can set up 2FA in your Google account, if this is not necessary, then click Skip :
Now you can proceed to add an account. Two methods are available: scan a barcode and enter a key. The most convenient is scanning – a camera will open in front of you, where you need to place a QR code in the selected square, which will be recognized automatically, and the account will be immediately added:
Setting up Google Authenticator on iOS
To install the application on the iOS operating system, it is also enough to download it from the AppStore :
Once installed, open the app and click on Proceed to setup :
You can proceed to add an account. Two methods are available: scan a barcode and enter a key. The most convenient is scanning – a camera will open in front of you, where you need to place a QR code in the selected square, which will be recognized automatically, and the account will be immediately added:
Setting up Google Authenticator on Windows Phone
On Windows Phone, only Google-compatible apps like Authenticator+ allow you to use the authenticator. Microsoft has a separate software called Microsoft Authenticator.
Consider installing the Authenticator+ app, to install this, just download it from the Microsoft App Store :
After installation, you can launch the program and start the account-adding process. There are two options: scanning a barcode or entering a key. The easiest is scanning; a camera will appear in front of you, and you’ll need to place a QR code there; it will be automatically recognized, and the account will be registered right away:
Setting up Google Authenticator in Google Chrome
Using an authenticator on a computer is only possible with compatible applications. For example: Authenticator for Windows , Nox App Player emulator , WinAuth , libpam-google-authenticator is available on Linux .
The instructions consider the most convenient way – connecting the extension in the Chrome web browser .
To install the extension, open the Chrome Web Store and search for the Authenticator app :
After that, you will be redirected to the developer page on Github. The extension will appear in your browser in the top right corner. To add an account, click on Pencil and then on Plus :
Two methods are also available here: scan a barcode and enter a key. In the first case, you need to take a screenshot of a part of the screen with a QR code. In the second, you need to enter the secret key manually:
Using the Google Authenticator app to connect to the control panel
After installing the application on your system, open the Profile Settings -> Security section in the control panel . On the page that opens, select Two-factor authentication through the application:
You’ll see a QR code appear in front of you. Next, select to scan the barcode in the Google Authenticator app. Place the barcode on the application screen’s highlighted square after the camera has opened; it will be detected automatically. You must input a six-digit code that the application generates:
After entering the code, you will see that two-factor authentication is enabled through the application.
Now, to enter the control panel, you must specify the code from the application:
Disabling Two-Level Authentication for Control Panel Login
To disable the Two-factor authentication option in the control panel, go to Profile settings -> Security . To disable it, click Disable :
Confirm your actions:
Now 2FA is disabled.
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