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Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)

Atera offers two-factor authentication (2FA) with authenticator app, for the highest level of login security. We partner with some of the best authenticator apps like Google Authenticator, Authy, Duo, and Microsoft Authenticator. This article explains how to upgrade your login security settings (standard username and password) to 2FA, and begin using it.


2FA authenticator apps


Atera supports 2FA via some of the most popular authenticator apps like Google Authenticator, Authy, Duo, and Microsoft Authenticator, which can be downloaded from Google Play, the App Store, or as a Chrome extension on your computer.

Note: If you use Duo or Microsoft Authenticator, you'll need to select 'Other' when adding an account to the authenticator app (see image below).







Set up 2FA 


The 2FA login process can be set by your company admin. 


To set up 2FA:


1. From Admin (on the side panel), click Login and 2FA.




The Login and 2FA screen appears.


2. Select Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)




3. Then select the names of the users for whom you'd like to set up 2FA, and click Enable 2FA. 2FA will take effect at the user's next log in.



  • For an added layer of security, we recommend also selecting the Access List option, where you can specify which IPs are allowed platform access.



Log in with 2FA 


Once 2FA has been set up (by a company admin), the new process takes effect at the user's next login. 


To log in with 2FA:


1. Log in to Atera with your username and password, and click Log in.



2. The following screen appears. Follow the instructions on the screen, including installing an authenticator app (e.g. Google Authenticator or Authy) on your mobile phone and then scanning the QR code.


Important Note: Please copy and save the code that appears under the QR code. In case you can't access your phone, you can enter the code in place of the authenticator app code. Failure to do so can result in being locked out of your account. For security reasons, restoration of account access by Atera support is a lengthy process. 





3. Once you've installed the authenticator app, and scanned the QR code, Atera prompts you for code verification. Enter the code provided by the authenticator app. Voila! You're granted access.

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