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Two-Factor Authentication

This feature is available starting with the BitssCloud 5.5 version.

BitssCloud PaaS allows configuring a two-factor authentication (2FA) to add an extra security layer to your account. With this feature enabled, in addition to username and password, you are required to enter the code randomly generated in the authenticator application on your phone to access the BitssCloud account.

Below, we’ll go step-by-step on the two-factor authentication feature management:

  • Enable 2FA
  • Manage recovery codes
  • Deactivate 2FA
  • Working with API

Enable Two-Factor Authentication

In order to secure your account with the 2FA follow the next steps:

1. Go to the Settings section by clicking on the same-named button at the top-right corner of the dashboard.

2. Within the opened frame, switch to the Account tab and click Set Up Two-Factor Authentication.

set up two-factor authentication button

You need to confirm your password via the appeared pop-up to proceed.

3. Next, you need to interconnect your BitssCloud account with the Google Authenticator application on your mobile phone (if needed, follow the linked guide to help you with installation). Open the app on your device and add the account by either scanning the displayed QR code or manually typing the provided data.

As a result, you’ll see the six-digit code (automatically refreshed every 30 seconds), type it into the dashboard frame and click Next to verify.

4. In the second step, you’ll see the recovery codes, which can be used as a one-time alternative to the generated authentication codes.

Note: Ensure your recovery codes are saved. Otherwise, in case of your phone unavailability, you won’t be able to connect to your account. Also, they are the only option to restore access upon device loss.

save recovery codes

You need to tick the I’ve saved data checkbox (automatically checked after using the Download or Copy buttons) to be able to close this window by clicking Done.

5. Now, to login into your account, you’ll need to provide the login/password credentials (as usual) and enter a code from the authentication application on your device (or the recovery code).

two-factor authentication log in
That’s it! Your account is now protected with two-factor authentication.

Manage Recovery Codes

On the accounts with already enabled 2FA, it is possible to view/regenerate recovery codes:

1. Go to the Settings > Account section and click the View Recovery Codes button.

Confirm the password for your account to continue.

2. Here, you can see your current recovery codes and, if necessary, Download/Copy them with the appropriate buttons.

view and regenerate recovery codes

If you ran out of the recovery codes (as each one can be used just once) or if you consider them compromised, click the link at the bottom of the frame (circled in the image above) to generate new ones.

3. In the appeared pop-up, confirm the operation and, in a moment, you’ll get new codes.

updated recovery codes
Don’t forget to save the displayed recovery codes with the Download/Copy buttons, as the old ones won’t work anymore.

Disable Two-Factor Authentication

If you need to disable the 2FA for your account, follow the next steps:

1. Navigate to the Settings > Account section and click the Disable Two-Factor Authentication button.

disable two-factor authentication button

Tip: In case you want to disable/rebind two-factor authentication due to device loss, use one of the recovery codes to log into the dashboard.

2. Confirm your decision through the appropriate pop-up and provide a password in the next one.

That’s it! Your account is now accessible with just the login/password credentials.

Using API with Two-Factor Authentication

In order to get a valid session for the API requests on accounts with enabled 2FA, you need to call an additional Verify2FACode method after the SignIn one. In such a way, you’ll be able to provide a six-digit authentication code from the appropriate application on your device.

To avoid such complexity, it is recommended to generate and use personal access tokens in your API requests and custom automation scripts.

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