We’re pleased to announce two-step verification as an optional extra layer of protection for your Linode account. Once enabled, logging in will require a six-digit security token in addition to your username and password.
You can enable this new feature by clicking on My Profile from within the Linode Manager, and then “Enable Two-Factor Authentication”. You’ll be shown your shared secret passphrase and its QR code, which you can scan into your two-factor app. Install one of these apps, scan the QR code shown in the Linode Manager, and then use the app to generate a secure token every time you log in.
Any app that supports the Time-based One-Time Password (TOTP) algorithm can be used to generate the security token for you.
- Google Authenticator (iPhone/Android/BlackBerry)
- Duo Mobile (iPhone/Android)
- Amazon AWS MFA (Android)
- Authenticator (Windows Phone 7)
- Authomator (BlackBerry 10)
Two-step verification drastically improves the protection of your account by requiring not just something you know (your username and password), but also something you have (your mobile device).
For more information please read our two-factor authentication library article.