Two Factor Authentication
page last edited on 29 August 2018
The addon Two Factor Authentication strengthens the security of your X-Cart store’s user accounts by integrating your store with Authy (Authy.com). The result is a two-factor authentication system that can be enabled for any type of X-Cart user accounts (admin / customer / vendor).
The addon Two Factor Authentication levels up the protection of your store’s user accounts by requesting a user trying to log in to confirm their identity by providing a one-time code sent to their phone via SMS in addition to providing the regular username and password. The generation and sending of the SMS code is performed via Authy service. This method of user authentication is very secure: even if Authy server is compromised, the hacker will not have the usernames and passwords needed for account access as these sensitive details are NOT stored on the Authy end.
To start using the addon, make sure it is installed and enabled.
Using the addon requires that you have an account with Authy. You can get one here.
After the addon has been enabled, proceed to the addon settings page to configure it.
You will need to adjust the following paramethers:
API key : Specify the APY key from your Authy.com account.
If you do not have an account yet, follow the steps below to create an Authy API Key:
Production mode : Enable this setting if you do not need to test the integration and are ready to use the addon in production mode.
Use two-factor authentication for the customer interface : Enable this setting if you need the two-factor authentication option to be available to customer accounts.
Use two-factor authentication for the administrator interface : Enable this setting if you need the two-factor authentication option to be available to admin and vendor accounts.
Once configured, the addon extends the regular user profile field set with the fields Country phone code and Phone number.
The values for these fields need to be specified by the user at the time of account creation.
Alternatively, the values can be specified by the store admin in the respective user profile (Users -> User list -> User profile). Also the store admin can enable the option Require to change password on next log in for a user profile so the user is forced to renew their account password and specify the phone to enable the two-factor authentication for their account.
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