Magento Tips & Tricks

Implementing Two Factor Authentication Using Magento

As a major number of workers usually operate remotely and organizations are compelled to move more of their tasks to work-from-home digital solutions, in March alone, security company Zscaler saw hacking threats jump by 20 percent. The account login page is one of the most simple kinds of hacker assault. 81 percent of hacking-related vulnerabilities use compromised or defective passwords, and often both, according to Verizon.

Magento also introduced many security solutions around the Magento platform to help Magento merchants better adapt to these threats: Magento Security Audit, Google reCAPTCHA, Content Security Policy, and many other security upgrades over the past few years.

The Magento administrator is the region that offers access to everything, including the shop records, orders, customer information, and more. And if you have a good or stable password, when you open your Magento account, it is easier for someone to steal your keys. But how can you improve the protection of your admin panel for the Magento e-commerce store? One way to introduce another encryption layer to your Magento store is the Magento Two Factor Authentication (2FA) plugin.

You will secure the Magento store from hackers, keyloggers, illegal logins, data sniffing software, and other attacks with the Magento Two Factor Authentication (2FA). You can quickly increase the protection of your Magento admin using a login and a security code from your mobile. Also, bear in mind that you only share the code for accessing the Magento admin panel with registered users.

To defend the digital marketplace from attacks that threaten the account login, 2FA is a key industry norm. Using 2FA authentication would help secure you in three separate places against malicious users trying to initiate unwanted logins: Magento.com accounts, Cloud Admin, and Magento Admin. 

2FA for Magento.com Accounts 

When logging into resources accessible with your Magento.com accounts, such as My Account, Magento Forums, Magento Support Centre, Magento Marketplace, Magento U, and Cloud Administrator, 2FA is now available.

Log into My Account and navigate to Two-Factor Authentication under the Account Configuration tab to allow 2FA on your Magento.com account. 2FA on Magento.com, such as Google Authenticator, is compliant with most authentication applications. See our User Guide for more detail on configuring 2FA on Magento.com.

2FA for Cloud Admin VIA SSH

2FA will now be available for Magento Commerce hosted in the cloud using SSH to be launched by Magento Commerce 2.4 to deter unauthorized users from accessing the servers. By default, for a project, this configuration is not allowed but must be switched on.

Standard SSH key access to a project would no longer function for that user when 2FA is introduced. A certifier must, instead, be used. The certifier is a remote part that requires an access token to be shared by a user (the same type of token used in the project UI, CLI, etc.). The tokens are SSH certificates that are short-lived and replace the traditional public / private key exchange.

2FA For Magento Admin

As the Adobe Security Operations team analyzed skimming attacks on merchant pages, they learned that the bulk was due to a rogue user exploiting a compromised admin account to load a card skimmer on the site, around 75 percent. Providing an external authentication layer makes the admin portal more stable, decreases the field of attack for skimming attacks, and lowers the running costs associated with security accidents.

Although 2FA for Magento Admin is optionally available for all compatible versions of Magento Commerce, 2FA will be allowed by default for Magento Admin, starting with update 2.4, and can not be removed. Until signing into the Administrator from either the UI or a web API, admin users must first customize their 2FA. See our DevDocs for more information on 2FA in the Magento Admin.

Reference Article

https://www.cloudways.com/blog/magento-two-factor-authentication/

https://meetanshi.com/blog/install-magento-2-two-factor-authentication/

https://docs.mageplaza.com/two-factor-authentication/

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