Configure Joomla Two-factor Authentication (Security Questions)

Setup Security Questions 2FA method with Joomla plugin. This guide will help you to configure Security Questions as Two Factor Authentication ( 2FA ) method for your Joomla site. The Joomla 2FA plugin will add a second layer of authentication to your Joomla account to increase the security of your site from unwanted hacks and unauthorized login attempts.

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What is Two Factor Authentication ?

Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) also called two-step verification is a security process in which a user has to pass two different authentication factors to gain access to an account or a computer system.

Two Factor Authentication 2FA for Joomla plugin is highly secure & easy to set up for your Joomla site. Rather than relying on a password alone, which can be phished or guessed. miniOrange adds a second layer of security to your Joomla accounts. It protects your site from hacks and unauthorized login attempts. This plugin also includes a secure method for Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA).

How does Two-Factor authentication (2FA) work ?

  1. Firstly, the user navigates to the login page of the application or a website. For instance
  2. User enters a username and password. User’s login credentials are checked by their respective server. This is the first factor of authentication.
  3. The site then prompts the user with the 2nd step authentication E.g Pop up asking for OTP sent over SMS /Email.
  4. When the user enters the second factor like OTP or Push notification it is checked against the database system if the second factor is correct.
  5. After successfully completing the 2nd factor authentication user is granted access to the application or a website.

Pre-requisites : Download And Installation

  • Log into your Joomla instance as an admin.
  • Go to the Joomla Dashboard -> Extensions -> Manage and click on Install.
  • Seach for a Joomla OAuth Client plugin and click on Install Now.

Steps to Configure Security Questions 2FA method for your Joomla site

1. Install miniOrange 2-Factor authentication Plugin

  • Download the zip file for the miniOrange 2-Factor authenticationient plugin for Joomla from the link here.
  • On your Joomla admin console go to Extensions Manage Install
  • Joomla 2FA Extensions Path
  • Under Upload Package File tab. Drag the downloaded file OR upload file by click on browse for file
  • Joomla 2FA upload Plugin file
  • Go to Components miniorange Two Factor authentication
  • Joomla 2FA enable new Plugin

2. Configure Security Questions 2FA method

  • Register/Login with miniOrange.
  • Joomla 2FA Security Questions registration
  • Navigate to Setup Second Factor tab. Select Security Questions and click on the Configure link.

    Joomla 2FA Security Questions select Security Questions method
  • Review the questions and answer those questions. Click on Verify & Submit button.
  • Joomla 2FA Security Questions Download and install Security Questions App
  • You have successfully Configured Security Questions of 2-Factor Authentication method. Then click on Test to verify.
  • Joomla 2FA Security Questions Enter the Passcode
  • Read the questions and answer those questions. Click on Validate answer button.
  • Joomla 2FA Security Questions Enter the Passcode
  • You have successfully Tested Security Questions 2-Factor Authentication method.
  • Joomla 2FA Security Questions Successfully configured Security Questions method

Your choice of Second factor

miniOrange 2-factor Plugin is extendable to use any of the following 2FA methods. If you want to have any other 2-factor for your Joomla site, Contact Us.

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