Your WordPress website security is only as strong as the tools and measures you implement to safeguard it. So if you’re not using two-factor authentication (2FA), you’re leaving your passwords and sensitive information at risk.
2FA (also known as two-step verification or multi-factor authentication) adds an extra layer of protection to your website by requiring at least two types of user verification on your WordPress login page. It can help keep your data safe and protect against brute-force attacks.
In this post, we’ll explain why two-factor authentication is important for site security and how it can limit your exposure to data loss and identity theft. Then we’ll discuss steps you can take to add it to your WordPress website. Let’s get started!
Why two-factor authentication is important for WordPress website security
There are many different security attacks WordPress sites are susceptible to. One of the most dangerous and prevalent types is brute-force or ‘dictionary’ attacks, which refer to when attackers use bots to repeatedly guesses login credentials until they find the right combination.
Using strong passwords that include complex combinations of letters, special characters, and numbers, is highly recommended. However, to take your WordPress login page security a step further, we recommend implementing 2FA.
2FA adds an additional verification step to the login process. After you enter your username and password, a six-digit code is sent to your personal device. You’ll need to submit that code to complete the login process.
Therefore, in order for an unwanted intruder to break into the login page of your WordPress site, they would need to know your credentials, and have access to your phone or email inbox. This second layer of security can go a long way in deterring cybercriminals.
Two-factor authentication can also help keep your customers’ critical information safe, which can increase trust and loyalty. Plus, adding it to your WordPress site is quick and easy with a mobile app and plugin.
How to add two-factor authentication to your WordPress site (In 4 steps)
In order to add a two-step verification layer to your WordPress site, you’ll need to use an authenticator app and plugin. For this tutorial, we’ll be using Google Authenticator.
If you’re a ManageWP user, you can also use our free Two-Factor Authentication feature to easily connect the Google Authenticator mobile app to your account. However, if you’re not maintaining your sites on our platform, you can accomplish the same effect by following the four simple steps below.
Step 1: Install the Google Authenticator app on your mobile device
The first step to adding two-factor authentication to your WordPress site is to install the Google Authenticator app on your smartphone or another mobile device. If you have an Android device, you can do so through the Google Play Store:
For an iPhone or iPad, you can download the app through
This article was written by Will Morris and originally published on ManageWP.