How to Enable and Disable Two Factor Authentication
With traditional password authentication, you enter your username and password to access your account. However, this method has vulnerabilities, as passwords can be stolen or guessed.
Two factor authentication adds a second layer of security by requiring not only a password and username but also something unique to you, like a code sent to their phone, a fingerprint, or a security token. So even if someone gets your login details, the second step will prevent them from accessing your account because they can't complete the authentication process.
Keep reading to learn how you can manage the two-step authentication system for your Bluehost account.
Note: We have temporarily disabled 2FA as part of our ongoing security updates. If you would like to turn off 2FA, follow the steps provided in How to Disable Two Factor Authentication below. However,please be aware that you cannot turn 2FA back on once you have turned it off.
- How Two Factor Authentication Works
- How to Enable Two Factor Authentication
- How to Disable Two Factor Authentication
- Frequently Asked Questions
How Two Factor Authentication Works
Once you turn on 2FA, you'll need to type in a 6-digit code each time you log in to your BRAND account. You'll get this code via a text message, email, or authentication app. Just enter the code within 5 minutes to finish logging in. Google Authenticator refreshes the code every 30 seconds, but the refresh rate varies per app. Regardless of the refresh rate, each code is valid for 5 minutes.
You'll need to provide an authentication code in three scenarios:
- When logging in.
- When enabling or disabling two-factor authentication.
- To verify your identity when seeking assistance from our support teams. In this case, the authentication code is called a validation token.
How to Enable Two-factor Authentication
Two-factor authentication can be enabled separately for the main account, billing, and hosting passwords. However, you can only enable it for your password to log in to the account. You can enable the two-factor authentication by following these steps:
- Log in to your Bluehost Account Manager.
- Locate the name of the user in the user in the upper right corner and do the following steps below:
- Click the Name of the User (your name).
- Please hover your mouse and click My Profile.
- In the Security section, click the ACTIVATE button under the 2 Step Verification section.
- Tick the Box to agree to activate 2-Step Verification for the account, then click the ACTIVATE button.
- Remember to take note of the Recovery Key, where you will always be able to locate it, then click the FINISH button.
How to Disable Two-factor Authentication
Turn off 2FA in your account by following these steps:
- Log into your Bluehost Account Manager.
- Once logged in, locate the person icon in the upper right corner of your homepage and select My Profile from the options.
- In the Security section, click the DISABLE link under2 Step Verification.
- Tick the box to acknowledge that the 2-Step Verification will be disabled for the account, then click the DISABLE button.
Frequently Asked Questions
For a long time, passwords have been the go-to for logging into digital accounts. But relying solely on passwords isn't enough to keep data safe. Protect your Bluehost account by enabling two-factor authentication (2FA). By adding an extra layer of security, 2FA significantly reduces the risk of unauthorized access to your hosting account. Should you ever need to disable it, Bluehost provides straightforward steps to manage your security settings effectively. Take proactive steps to safeguard your data and ensure peace of mind with Bluehost's 2FA feature.