Shopify has recently rolled out Two Factor Authentication (TFA) on its stores. What two factor authentication allows you to do is make your Shopify store even more secure by requiring two pieces of information to successfully log in. You can enable two factor authentication on a user by user basis so if you manage the Shopify store and have employees working for you, you could use TFA on your account that you use to manage the store but not require your employees to use it.
How Does TFA work
Two Factor Authentication works by using your username and password that you have for your Shopify store and asks for a second piece of information to authenticate who you are through either using the Shopify Authentication App or by having Shopify send an SMS (text) message to your mobile device. Once you recieve this authentication code or “auth code” as its commonly referred you enter it and are able login and use Shopify. Keep in mind that the auth code will expire and you will need to enter in new auth codes which is part of the reason that this is such a secure option to use if you are looking for more security on your Shopify store.
How do I Enable Two Factor Authentication
In order to use TFA you will need to first login into your Shopify store and go to Settings >> Account and look for your name just like I did on my name below and click on it.
Once you click on your name you will be taken to a screen and if you scroll down a bit you will notice the “Two Step Authentication” section and the option to enable two-step authentication. When you do click this button you will notice a pop up box appear that will ask you for your username and password to your Shopify store.
When you click on “Enable two-step authentication” you are presented with two options SMS Delivery and Authenticator App.
If you choose the SMS Delivery option you will be asked to enter your mobile phone number and confirm with a six-digit code you receive on your mobile phone and when you confirm an auth code will be sent to your phone to complete two factor authentication.
Once you click “Send code” you will receive a text (SMS) message to your phone with a 6 digit code to enter (as seen in the screen above). When you are finished you will notice that two factor authentication has been setup along with information about the code delivery method, Status and links to the recovery code should you ever need them.
Now when you log into your Shopify store you will be prompted for an authentication code every time you go to login making your Shopify store even more secure.