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Using Two-Factor Authentication to login to Vultr Control Panel

Published on: Thu, Mar 31, 2016 at 10:26 am EST

Two Factor Authentication, also known as 2FA, is a technique that adds an additional layer of security where an additional authentication step is required in order to login to an online account.

In addition to recommending using a strong password and not sharing your login information with any third party individual, Vultr offers 2FA for users to further secure their accounts.

It is possible to enable 2FA and use either Google Authenticator, which is one of the most popular 2FA methods, or Yubikey.

In this tutorial, we will be covering the process of enabling 2FA on a Vultr account.

Before we begin

  1. 2FA does not affect API Calls.
  2. 2FA does not affect server login credentials.
  3. 2FA can be enabled on a per-user basis, and does not affect the entire account.

Google Authenticator

In order to use Google Authenticator, you will need:

  1. A Smartphone with the Google Authenticator App. The App is available in the App Store for iOS Devices and Google Play for Android Devices.
  2. Google Chrome with the Google Authenticator Extension.

Note: The Chrome Extension is created and maintained by a third-party developer and not by Google.

In order to enable 2FA via Google Authenticator, you would need to login to your Vultr account, Click Account -> Authentication -> Manage Two Factor Auth, or simply follow this link.

Under Add new authentication method, select TOTP / Google Auth (Recommended), enter a description of your choice in the next field, then click Add.

In the next page, you will be presented by a QR Code. Either using your Smart Phone and the Google Authenticator App, or the Chrome Extension, scan the QR Code, then click Continue.

The Google Authenticator App will generate a Six-Digit code, you will need to enter that code in the next page.

Note: If the Smart Phone/Handheld Device time is out of sync, it is possible to receive an incorrect code error when trying to authenticate.

Finally, log out of your Vultr account, then try to log back into it. You will be prompted to enter an authentication code. Use the generated Six-Digit Token on your Smart Phone or Chrome Browser if you are using the Chrome Extension.

Yubikey

In order to use Yubikey Authentication, you need any of Yubico’s Yubikey USB devices. Next, you would need to login to your Vultr Account, Click Account -> Authentication -> Manage Two Factor Auth, or simply follow this link.

Under Add new authentication method, select Yubikey, enter a description of your choice in the next field, then click Add.

In the next page, you will need to make sure your Yubikey device is plugged in to one of your USB Ports on your computer. You will be presented with a text field in which you need to click, then press the Y button on your Yubikey Device, or touch the edge of the device if you’re using a Yubikey Nano, then click Update.

In the next page, you will need to repeat the previous step to re-enter a secondary token, then click Update.

When you are finished, log out of your Vultr account. Then attempt to log back in. You will be asked to enter an authentication code. Insert the Yubikey device in one of your computer’s USB ports, and either press the Y button or touch the edge of the device ( Yubikey Nano ).

Emergency Codes

You can obtain a list of one-time emergency codes in the Vultr Control Panel after enabling two-factor authentication which will allow you to regain access to your account should you lose access to your two-factor authentication device. The codes can be found in https://my.vultr.com here.

Locked out

If you can no longer log into your Vultr account due to two-factor authentication (perhaps you have lost your 2FA device), you will need to contact support.

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