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2FA is being used to add an extra layer of security. It blocks anyone from using your stolen data by verifying your identity through your device.

We feel it is a must to implement 2FA across any online platform that contains sensitive or personally identifiable data. There is a good chance you are already using this technology to protect your banking and other platforms; it is mandatory to ensure your company data and applications are secure. If you would like assistance in arranging 2FA for any of your platforms, contact your RODIN Account Manager.

Many platforms support sending an SMS with a code to permit logging in, which requires no set up from you other than entering your phone numbers. If you would like to use the randomly generated number via an app, below will explain how to use some of the most common 2FA platforms.

The most popular authenticator apps are Google Authenticator and Authy. If you’re heavy into Microsoft’s ecosystem, Microsoft Authenticator is the one for you.

Google Authenticator

Google Authenticator is a multifactor app for mobile devices that generates timed codes used during the Two-Step Verification process. If you choose to use verification codes, they will be sent to your phone via text, voice call, or our mobile app. Each code can only be used once. Click GET STARTED to set up Google Authenticator.

How to set up Google Authenticator

  1. Set up 2-Step Verification.
    • Go to the 2-Step Verification section of your Google Account.
    • Select GET STARTED.
    • Follow the steps on the screen.

Set up 2-Step Verification, then you can choose your second verification step. If you don’t want to use the text message (SMS) or call option, select Choose another option.

  1. Set up backups.
    • Go to the 2-Step Verification section of your Google Account.
    • Scroll down to the “Set up alternative second step” section.

Backups help you get back into your account if you forget your password, lose your phone, or can’t sign in for another reason. With backups, you’re much less likely to get locked out of your account.

  1. Set up recovery info.
    • Add or update your recovery phone number
    • Add or update your recovery email address

If you forget your password or someone else is using your account, having updated recovery info can help you get your account back.


Of all the 2FAs available, Authy is our favorite. Authy allows multi-device sync so you can have your 2FA codes on multiple devices – your phone, tablet, desktop, or even on your Apple Watch. It also has a cloud backup, so you can recover your 2FA codes to a new phone when you change your device. You can run your 2FA codes from an application on your PC and not even need a phone (or have both).

Authy allows you to access secured websites without internet access on your phone. You can use TouchID, PIN protection, and passwords to protect access to your 2FA tokens.

Authy is available on different applications, please see Turn on 2FA for popular applications.

How to set up Authy on your Microsoft account

  1. Log in to your Microsoft Account and choose Security.
  2. From your Microsoft accounts’ security page choose Advanced security options.
  3. You will have to verify the login once again before accessing the security options page, in case you haven’t visited the page recently. If you’d like, here you can enable the password-less sign in using the Microsoft Authenticator app. But if you’d like to enable 2FA, click No, thanks.
  4. Setting up Identity verification app. In order to add your account to Authy, please click Set up identity verification app on the Additional security options page then click Set up a different Authenticator app on the next screen.

Microsoft Authenticator App

The Microsoft Authenticator app helps you prove your identity without you needing to remember a password. Instead of a password, you sign in with your username, and then you use your mobile device with your fingerprint, face, or PIN to confirm that you are, in fact, you.

How to set up Microsoft Authenticator App

  1. Sign in to your work or school account, as normal.

After typing your username, an Approve sign in screen appears showing you a two-digit number and asking you to sign-in through the Microsoft Authenticator app. If you don’t want to use this sign in method, you can select Use your password instead, and sign in using your password.

  1. In the Microsoft Authentication app, you’ll get a notification asking you to Approve sign-in. Choose Approve if you recognize the sign-in attempt. Otherwise, choose Deny.
  2. Tap the same number you see on the Approve sign-in screen. Use your phone’s PIN or biometric key to complete the authentication.

Learn more about Two Factor Authentication/2FA here:
Google 2FA
Microsoft Authenticator App

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