Improving security using two-factor authentication (2FA)
Typically when we log into computer systems, whether it an email account or the MNX portal, we supply a username which identifies us and a password which authenticates us. This is "single-factor authentication" using a password, a series of characters that (hopefully) only we know.
Two-factor authentication (i.e. "2FA") seeks to improve security by adding a second type ("factor") of authentication. The first factor is still a traditional password. The most common second factor is a one-time password (OTP) generated by a physical device or by software on a smartphone.
The advantage of using a second factor of authentication is that if your password being compromised, that alone isn't sufficient information to gain access to your account.
From this page, follow the guided steps to complete the setup of two factor authentication.
Once your preferred authenticator app is installed on your device, add a new account and scan the QR code into the app. Following this, the application should be registered..
If you decide to revert to single-factor authentication, just go back to the menu under your account name and select Two Factor. From this page, there is an option to disable two factor authentication.
The MNX portal two-factor authentication only protects your MNX portal account, not your instances themselves.