The Magic of Two-Factor Authentication

April 30, 2024

When it comes to the security of your account, caution is never too much. In a world where the number of cybersecurity threats and their level of sophistication are rapidly increasing, even a strong password is not enough to protect access to your data. Many modern attacks bypass the most complex passwords, so adding another layer of protection will negate the chances of authentication even if your password is compromised is essential. Nowadays, we will discuss two-factor authentication (2FA) and describe how it works.

What is two-factor authentication?

Authentication is confirming a user’s identity to gain access to a particular system or online account. This process relies on three primary authentication factors:

  • The knowledge factor (information known to the user, like a password or PIN);
  • The possession factor (an item owned by the user, such as a mobile device or ID card);
  • The inherence factor (a biometric characteristic unique to the user, like a fingerprint or voice).

Accessing an account solely with a username and password constitutes single-factor authentication since only the knowledge factor is involved. In this scenario, access is granted immediately upon entering the correct credentials.

When it comes to two-factor authentication, simply knowing the username and password isn’t sufficient. After successfully entering your credentials, you’ll be prompted to enter a code generated 

by a special program on your device. This code is only valid for a limited time and cannot be used for authentication once it expires. In this case, the possession factor is involved in authentication since this method is tied to your device. While other authentication methods exist (push notification authentication, SMS, biometric authentication), incorporating a code as an added layer of security is often one of the most effective strategies.

Summing up, two-factor authentication provides an additional layer of security beyond your credentials. To access your account, you need to use both the correct password and the verification code, which is only valid for that moment on the particular device.

Why do we recommend using 2FA?

While passwords have remained an information security standard for decades, there are a number of reasons why you should finally stop relying on password-only protection and enable 2FA. Many passwords can be guessed using automated tools that can try common combinations or known passwords. Additionally, if users use simple passwords such as common words, dates of birth, or serial numbers, the vulnerability of their accounts increases further.

Moreover, passwords are vulnerable to a range of attacks, such as phishing, where attackers trick users into revealing their passwords through deceptive emails or websites. Even strong passwords can be compromised if users unknowingly fall victim to such an attack.

2FA feature seriously increases the level of security. It is much more difficult for attackers to simultaneously gain access to your password, as well to something the user has, such as a smartphone, email, or other authentication method. Even if the password is stolen, the second factor adds a critical barrier that significantly reduces the likelihood of unauthorized access.

How do you enable 2FA in your Time4VPS account?

You can quickly enable 2FA in the client area for each of your users separately. To do so, follow these 


1. Log in to your account and Select “Account” and then “Multi-factor auth” from the main 

side menu;

2. On the Multi-factor Authentication page, click “Activate” next to “Google Authenticator”.

3. You will be redirected to a page displaying a QR code and activation code. Scan the QR 

code or enter the code in one of these apps (by your choice):

▪Authenticator (Windows Phone)

▪ Authy (Android/iPhone)

▪Google Authenticator (Android/iPhone/BlackBerry)

▪LastPass Authenticator (Android/iPhone/Windows Phone)

4. Click “Continue”;

5. To finish 2FA configuration, enter the generated code from the authenticator app on your device;

6. Click “Submit”.

You’re all set! 2FA is now enabled for your account, providing an additional layer of security.


We highly recommend enabling two-factor authentication for all your online accounts, including social media, email, banking and other platforms where you keep important data. 

Here’s why:

Social media contain a wealth of personal information, including photos, messages, and contact details. 2FA adds an extra layer of security, preventing unauthorized access to this sensitive data.

Email accounts contain sensitive information such as personal conversations and financial details as well as login credentials for other services. If your email is compromised, attackers can reset passwords and gain access to other accounts. 2FA mitigates such risk by requiring an additional verification step.

Banking accounts contain highly sensitive financial information.2FA makes it much more difficult for unauthorized people to access your account and can alert you to such attempts. If you receive a verification code without initiating a login, it could indicate someone is trying to gain unauthorized access to your account.

Now that you understand what two-factor authentication is and how it can bolster the security of your online accounts, it’s time to take action. It’s a small investment of time that can yield significant results in protecting your digital identity and personal data. Making life difficult for hackers are always a good thing, so be sure to enable 2FA for your account.