Joomla 3.2 stable version is released on 6th November 2013 with many security fixes, bug fixes, and new features. I like the slogan – Something New For Everyone! One of the new features introduced with this release is two-factor authentication for Joomla Login. This provides extra protection against hackers logging into your Joomla Administrator.

What is Two-Factor Authentication?

A user has to provide his/her username, password and random generated OTP (One Time Password).  OTP is six numeric digit code, generated by cryptographic functions in a short interval. You see, even if hacker breaks your Joomla Administrator username and password, he/she require OTP to log in. It’s typical financial transaction authentication way.

Joomla 3.2 Upgrade

If you already have 3.2 then you can skip this step. This upgrade is in the assumption of you are having Joomla 3.x version.

  • Login into Joomla Administrator
  • Click on Components >> Joomla! Update
  • Click on Install the update

It may take few minutes based on your Internet speed and give you confirmation upon upgrade completion

Two-Factor Authentication implementation

Now, let’s implement two-factor to add additional security on you newly upgraded Joomla 3.2. We will use Google Authenticator as two-factor authentication.

  • Login into Joomla Administrator
  • Click on Components >> Post-installation Messages
  • Click on Enable two-factor authentication

  • Click on Two Factor Authentication tab
  • Select Google Authenticator from drop-down menu

  • It will list you three easy steps to follow.

Step 1Get Google Authenticator, you can install Google Authenticator application on Android, iOS, and BlackBerry. You can refer to Wikipedia page for compatible clients other than Android, iOS, and Blackberry.

I got Android device, so let me show you installation of it.

  • Open Play store and Search for Google Authenticator
  • Click on Install

  • Open Google Authenticator and click select Begin setup

Step 2 – Setup Key

Enter Key showed on Step 2 or scan the barcode

Step 3 – Activate Two Factor Authentication

  • Enter security code is shown on your Google Authenticator
  • Click on Save

You’re all set! Let’s re-login and you can see it prompt you to enter Username, Password & Secret Key (OTP).

Congratulation! On setting your two-factor authentication with Joomla! You have added an additional layer of security.

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