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Need to set up two-factor authentication for an added layer of security? Use 1Password to retrieve and enter 2FA codes for all your accounts.

What is two-factor authentication (2FA)?

Two-factor authentication is an extra layer of security for your online accounts. It increases your protection by requiring two types of identity verification to log in.

The two factors typically include something you know – like a username and password – and something you have access to – like an authentication app, email address, or text message. However, SMS isn’t recommended as it’s vulnerable to interception. Both factors are required to complete the authentication request and log in to the account, upping the security around your sensitive data.

How does 2FA protect your accounts?

Two-factor authentication protects your accounts against any kind of attack that might allow a criminal to figure out or obtain your password. Here’s how it works: you can ask for a 2FA code to be sent any time someone tries to sign in to your account. The person requesting access will then be asked to submit this authentication code in addition to their username and password to prove their identity.

Requiring two forms of verification makes it harder for criminals to log in and take over your accounts. Why? Because they’re unlikely to have access to both your account password and the place where you’ve chosen to retrieve your 2FA codes.

How to find out which of your accounts support 2FA

1Password Watchtower looks over your accounts and checks to make sure they’re protected by strong, unique passwords. In addition to data breach alerts, and highlighting weak and re-used passwords, Watchtower will notify you of accounts that support 2FA.

Whether you’ve just signed up for a new account, or an old account starts offering more security options, Watchtower will let you know when two-factor authentication is available so you can turn it on and boost your protection.

How to use 1Password as an authenticator for your 2FA accounts

1Password doesn’t just tell you when an account supports two-factor authentication – it can also act as an authenticator for those sites.

After you’ve set it up, 1Password will autofill the authentication codes whenever you need them, just like your passwords. This all-in-one approach means you don’t have to install a separate authentication app on your phone, or waste time finding the email that contains the relevant 2FA code.

This solution isn’t exactly the same as 2FA because your passwords and codes are stored in the same place. But it’s still a great way to add an extra layer of security to your accounts.

The truth is that criminals usually hijack accounts in one of two ways: they guess the user’s password, or they find it in a random data breach. 2FA protects the account in both scenarios, because the criminal wouldn’t have access to your 1Password account.

Protect your entire 1Password account with 2FA

You can protect your entire 1Password account using two-factor authentication as well. But before you can set it up, you’ll need to install an authenticator app on your mobile device, like Authy or Microsoft Authenticator.

Why do you need a separate app? Because if you’re signing in to 1Password, it’s no use storing the relevant 2FA code inside 1Password itself. That’s like leaving your front door key inside the locked home it’s designed to open!

Protect your 1Password account with a physical security key

Once you’ve set up two-factor authentication on your 1Password account, you can also add a U2F-compatible security key to act as the second factor – a useful option if you prefer to use a physical key like a YubiKey as your authenticator.

Why 2FA is important

Two-factor authentication is a critical part of online security because it verifies the person trying to log in and protects your account in the event that your password is compromised.

1Password will identify which of your accounts support two-factor authentication, and make it easy to retrieve and submit the necessary code when you want to log in. It will also give you the option to protect your entire 1Password account with 2FA.

Sign up for 1Password to take advantage of the best available security for your individual and business password management needs.

Try 1Password for free and increase your protection by requiring two types of identity verification to log in.