Use Two Factor Authentication To Keep Your Domains Safe

Whether you are banking or playing World of Warcraft, there are many things that have two factor authentication available. However, what you might not know is that as far as domains go, if someone gets access to your domain registrar account or a maybe you gave access to the wrong person; if they transfer that domain to a different account there is close to nothing you can do to get it back. Legally the registrars don’t have to do anything to help you retrieve your domains. That is why I urge you to use two factor authentication on your domain registrar account! It is free, and while a bank usually can get you your money back, and losing a WOW account isn’t the end of the world; losing a domain in the marketing world could be disastrous! Below are instructions on how to use two factor authentication with both Namecheap and GoDaddy.

NameCheap Two Factor Authentication

Step 1

The first thing you will need to do is go into your profile on Namecheap and enable it. Hover over “My Account” in the top right corner and select “Manage Profile.”

Namecheap Manage Profile

Step 2

Select “Turn it on” and then add a mobile number to receive your text on.

Namecheap Setup Two Factor Authentication

Step 3

Then you will have to sign out of your account. When you sign back in you will see a screen asking you how you want to receive your code. Go ahead and select SMS and hit “Send Security Code.” Namecheap SMS

Here is an example of the text you will receive. Depending on your phone, you shouldn’t even have to click into the text to see the code. They place the code towards the beginning so that you can enter it straight from the notification window.

Namecheap SMS Code

Step 4

Enter that onto the screen and hit “Submit Security Code.”

Namecheap Verification Code

This only adds another maybe 30 seconds to your login time and now you can sleep sound at night knowing your domains are safe. Someone would have to have access to your login information and your mobile phone to gain access to your account.

GoDaddy Two Factor Authentication

Andrew Allemann has already put together a great video on the setup process for GoDaddy.

Photo Credit: Will Folsom

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2 thoughts on “Use Two Factor Authentication To Keep Your Domains Safe”

  1. It’s fantastic to see more registrars taking security seriously by providing two-factor for their users. I’m hopeful they will start integrating platforms like Duo Security in the future like LastPass did.


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