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How to enable two-step authentication for your IFTTT account

If This Then That now offers a must-have security feature for account.

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Two-step (or two-factor, as it's sometimes called) authentication (2FA) offers a means to keep your account secure. The process to gain access to your account requires your password, and a short code that's typically sent as a text message to your phone number.

The end result is that anyone trying to gain access to your account would need to have both your password and physical access to your device in order to wreak havoc on your accounts.

If This Then That, the popular Web service known for linking online services and connected products with one-another, now offers the extra security step. Here's what you need to know:

  • Before you can enable the security feature, you'll need to make sure you're using the latest version of IF and DO and do on your mobile device. Check your respective app store and install any updates.
  • Once everything is up to date, visit your account settings page on the IFTTT site.
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  • Scroll down and just below the email address field you'll find a Two-Step section.
  • Click on the button and enter your password on the next screen.
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  • Next, you'll have the option of using an authenticator app such as 1Password or Google Authenticator. Or you can opt to have the code sent to your mobile device via text message. Pick your preferred delivery method, then follow the prompts.
  • Last but not least, you'll need to save the backup code IFTTT assigns you. This is step is vital. Should you lose access to your phone or authenticator app, or forget your password, the only way to access your account will be by using this code. Write it down, put it in a fireproof lockbox and remember where you put the key.

After setup is complete, you will receive an email reminding you to save the backup code. If you skipped that step, you'll need to go back and repeat the setup process in order to get a new code.

If you'd like to continue securing your online accounts, be sure to check our guide for enabling 2FA on popular sites.