1Password is one of our favorite password managers, and if you use it too, you will need to enable two-factor authentication (2FA) to add an extra layer of security to your account. Here̵
On 1Password, you can enable two-factor authentication using authenticator apps on your smartphone or physical security keys. Even if you prefer the latter, you must first set up an authenticator app for two-factor authentication on 1Password. After setting up the app, you can register your security key.
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Enable two-factor authentication in 1Password
First, let’s set up a smartphone app that generates one-time passwords that you can use to log into 1Password.
Navigate to the 1Password website and click ‘Sign Up’.
Enter your email address, secret key and master password and log in to your account.
Click on your name in the top right corner and select ‘My Profile’ from the drop-down menu.
In the left pane, click on ‘More Actions’.
Choose Manage Two-Factor Authentication.
Select “Set up app” in the Getting started section.
You will see a QR code and an installation key on the screen. Make sure to keep a backup of the installation key for two-factor authentication. It allows you to recover your authenticator codes if you lose access to your smartphone.
You can open any authenticator app on your smartphone, such as Google Authenticator for Android or iPhone. In your authenticator app, you can scan the QR code or enter the installation key manually.
Once you do this, you will see a six-digit code in the authenticator app. Copy the code or just remember it.
On your computer, click Next.
Now paste the one-time password you just copied from your authenticator app. Once you have done that, click on ‘Confirm’.
You will see a message confirming that you have set up two-factor authentication.
Use a physical 2FA security key for 1Password
Physical security keys provide the best possible security for two-factor authentication. Once you have purchased a special security key (such as YubiKey), you can also use it as the second authentication factor for 1Password. This means that instead of entering a one-time password, you can simply plug in the YubiKey (which is essentially a USB drive) and confirm that you are indeed logging in.
After setting up app-based two-factor authentication as described above, go to 1Password’s two-factor authentication page. Here you will now see another option that allows you to set security keys to sign in to 1Password’s website, Android app and iPhone app. Click on “Add a security key” and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation process.
Also check out how to use Google Authenticator to protect your Google account.
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