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Hey there! In November we announced Two-Factor authentication was coming for Fandom Accounts and I’m happy to say that time has come! As I touched on in the last blog some measures we’ve already implemented are state-of-the-art hashing, new cryptography, fewer points of insecurity to the login flow, updated login options, and more.

It’s easy to overlook the importance of security, especially when you’re spending most of your time in your wikis. However, even if you don’t work in an industry that requires high levels of security or have anything valuable that someone could steal from you, it’s still worth getting into the habit of protecting yourself online. One way to do this is by setting up Two-Factor Authentication for your Fandom accounts - which is optional, but recommended.

What is Two-Factor Authentication?[]

Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) is a security measure that adds an extra layer of protection to your account. In addition to your username and password, you'll also be prompted for a six-digit code generated by an app on your phone when logging in from a new device. This makes it harder for someone else to log into your account without both pieces of information--they would need both the password and access to your phone in order for this method to work.

How You Will Be Able To Add 2FA To Your Account[]

2fa screen
Finished 2fa
  • Download an authenticator app
  • Launch the app
  • Visit the Fandom 2FA screen and scan the provided QR code or enter the authentication key
  • Enter and submit your code for verification
  • You’re set up! The next time you sign in you’ll be prompted to enter your code which you can retrieve by launching the authenticator app.

How to use backup codes[]

After you finish setting up 2FA you may want to get a list of backup codes which should be stored in a safe, accessible place and are for use in case you’re away from your phone. To do this go back to the Fandom 2FA screen, select ‘generate new backup recovery codes,’ save them somewhere, and ‘confirm generated codes.’ Now you’re able to log in using backup recovery codes if necessary.

In closing[]

Two-Factor Authentication is a great way to protect your account from hackers and other malicious actors. If you're worried about someone getting into your account, we recommend setting up Two-Factor Authentication today! It's easy and will make sure that no one can access your Fandom account without having access to your phone or other device with an app like Google Authenticator installed on it.

Fandom Staff
Hey I'm Dylan Host, Community Manager, Safety at Fandom.
I'm a huge fan of Fallout, History, and Star Wars.
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