MFA – Multi-Factor Authentication

What is MFA? MFA is an effective way to provide enhanced security. Traditional usernames and passwords can be stolen, and they’ve become increasingly more vulnerable to brute force attacks. MFA creates multiple layers of security to help increase the confidence that the user requesting access is actually who they claim to be. With MFA, a cybercriminal may steal one credential but will be thwarted by having to verify identity in a different manner.

How does Multi-Factor Authentication work? Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is a security system that verifies a user’s identity by requiring multiple credentials. It is a critical component of identity and access management (IAM). Rather than just asking for a username and password, MFA requires other—additional—credentials, such as a code from the user’s smartphone, the answer to a security question, a fingerprint, or facial recognition.

While there are various ways to set this up, these instructions are for using the Chrome Authenticator plugin, on the Chrome browser.  If you are versed on this and prefer to use a different MFA setup, please feel free to do so.

If you do not already have it, you will need to install Chrome Authenticator. Go to and click Add to Chrome.

Once added, you will see the icon on your browser.

Go to the URL you received, in email and enter your W-ID, password and click Sign In.

You will receive the following. You will have the option of scanning the barcode or entering the code located below the barcode.

Click on the Authenticator icon and click +.

You can click Scan QR Code and scan in the code. *Didn’t get a screenshot. Going to ask Ken to get me one when he sets up his.

OR you can click Manual Entry. Enter an Issuer (I chose Los Rios) and enter the code below the barcode.

EVERY DAY, you will log into OpenVPN. Enter your password and click OK.

You will be prompted to enter your code.  Click on the Authenticator icon and your code will appear.  Type the code in and click SEND.  Bring up your Remote Desktop and log in.

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