How to use Authy (Two Factor Authentication) with BTCjam

 

 

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With phishing attacks (fake emails) on the rise and keyloggers (programs that record everything you type) spreading like wildfire, it’s clear that a strong password is not enough.  That’s why we implemented Two Factor Authentication (2FA or TFA) on BTCjam.

Two Factor Authentication (2FA) allows you to log in to your account with your password and a code generated by your mobile phone (hence the Two, in Two Factor).  By logging in with your password and a code from your phone you make it much harder for hackers to take over your account.

Previously on BTCjam Blog we discussed how to setup Two Factor Authentication on your BTCjam account using Google Authenticator. We also recommended activating 2FA on your Gmail account so that hackers cannot take over your email and reset your passwords. Today we’re proud to announce that BTCjam is now offering Authy support as well as Google Authenticator.

Authy is an alternative to Google Authenticator.  It works on any site that uses Google Authenticator, but if you switch phones Authy makes it easy to move to your new phone simply by logging in with your username and password.  It is slightly less secure than Google Authenticator, because if a hacker gets your username and password they get all your keys, but it is easier to use.

Here are some brief instructions on how to setup Authy with BTCjam:

– First you’ll need to verify your phone with BTCjam:

1. In Settings -> Security, click Verify My Phone:

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2. Enter your mobile phone number:

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3. Enter the Secret Code sent to your phone via text message:

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Once you’ve verified your phone with BTCjam, here’s how to setup Authy with BTCjJam:

  1. Log into your BTCjam account and Navigate to Settings -> Security

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2. If you have already 2FA activated with Google Authenticator you will need to turn it off.

(if you have not used 2FA before, skip this step.)
  1. Uncheck the box that says “Two Factor Authentication”.
  2. Enter your 2FA code at the bottom of the page in the “Two Factor Authentication” box.

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3. Click Settings -> Security, Setup Two Factor Authentication

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4. Install the Authy app on your phone (from the App Store, or Google Play store)

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5. Scan the QR Code with Authy (touch “+ Add Account”)

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That’s it!  You can now use Authy instead of Google Authenticator to access BTCjam!

We hope that this tutorial will help you keep your accounts secure.  Remember that passwords are not enough.  Two Factor Authentication (2FA) is absolutely vital when dealing with financial information.  Whether you use Google Authenticator or Authy, it’s also important to keep your email secure as well:  Activating 2FA on your Gmail account can prevent hackers from taking over your email which can be used to reset all of your passwords.  Keep your accounts secure with Two Factor Authentication!

Until Next Time… Keep on Jamming!

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How To Activate Two Factor Authentication on BTCJam and Gmail

With phishing attacks (fake emails) on the rise and keyloggers (programs that record everything you type) spreading like wildfire, it’s more and more clear that a password is not enough.  That’s why we implemented Two Factor Authentication (2FA or TFA) on BTCJam.

Two Factor Authentication (2FA) allows you to log in to your account with your password and a code generated by your mobile phone (hence the Two, in Two Factor).  By logging in with your password and a code from your phone you make it much harder for hackers to take over your account.

We strongly suggest that you activate Two Factor Authentication (2FA) on BTCJam and on your Gmail account.  If hackers gain control of your email, they often use it to reset your passwords, take over all of your accounts (including your bank, stocks and credit card accounts) and even gain access to you sensitive and personal emails.

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Here are simple step-by-step instructions on How To Activate Two Factor Authentication on BTCJam:
1. Log in
to your BTCJam Account

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  2. In the upper right hand corner, click on your name, then click Settings.

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You can also select settings from our Main Menu, and click on Security:
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4. Click on Setup Two Factor Authentication

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 5. Follow the Instructions for Two Factor Authentication Setup

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  1. Install Google Authenticator on your phone.
  • Select “+” to add a new site to Google Authenticator.

  1. Scan the QR code or copy/paste the secret code.

  1. Enter the code provided by Google Authenticator in the “Two Factor Authentication” box and click Verify.

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How To Activate Two Factor Authentication on Gmail
  1. Log in to your Gmail account


  1. Click on the Your Gmail Address in the Upper Right Hand Corner.
    1. Then Click Account

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  1. Scroll down to the Signing In section

    1. Click 2-Step Verification

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  1. Click Start Setup to begin.

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5. Enter your phone number to begin the verification process.
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6. Enter the code that you received via text message.

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7. Decide if you’d like to trust your computer.  (Obviously if you’re using a public computer like in a school or a library, uncheck this box.)

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8. Click Confirm to finish setting up 2-Step Verification (phone verification)

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9.  Sometimes phone verification may not be enough.  If you have your text messages forwarded through another service (like Google Voice), if someone takes over your Google Voice account, they will also take over your text messages.  You may want to activate the Google Authenticator app.
  • Click Switch to app

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10. Select your phone type and click Continue.


11. Follow the instructions to Install Google Authenticator:

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12. Once you’ve installed the app, clicked “+” to add a new account and scanned the barcode, enter the verification code and click Verify and Save.

 


Congratulations!  Your BTCJam account and Gmail account are now secured with 2-Factor Authentication!

You may also want to print a backup copy of your codes, in case you lose your phone.  Navigate back to the 2-Step Verification Page (Click on Gmail Address in the upper right hand corner, click Account, scroll down to Signing In, click 2-Step Verification) and then scroll down to Backup Codes.

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Click Print or Download, then print the following page and store it in safe place.  These codes will allow you to log in to your Gmail Account even if your phone is lost or stolen.

That’s it!  Your BTCJam and Gmail account are now more secure thanks to Two Factor Authentication.  Nice work!