If you’re not using a password manager like 1Password, then your Shopify account is likely the most vulnerable part of your online store. Using a secure, strong password that can’t be memorized, and therefore requires a password manager to remember, is a great defence against unwanted access to your account.

Once you’ve created a unique password, you’ll want to enable two factor authentication on your Shopify account. Two factor authentication (also known as two step authentication or 2FA) is an extra layer of security that is designed to ensure you are the only person who can access your account even if someone else has your password.

It works by generating a unique code on your mobile device, and requiring you to enter that code after you’ve entered your password. 1Password supports 2 factor authentication without needing a mobile device, which makes it much more convenient.

To setup 2 step authentication, you’ll either need 1Password, or the Google Authenticator app on your phone. 1Password is easier, but both will work. You can find the Google Authenticator app in the Apple App Store or Google Play App Store.

Once you’ve installed the Google Authenticator app or 1Password, login to your Shopify account, click on your name in the top right hand corner, and select Your Profile.

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Scroll to the section for 2 step authentication. Click on Enable Two-Step Authentication. You’ll be prompted to enter your password – enter it to continue.

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You can choose to receive codes either by SMS message or using the Authenticator app. If you’ve installed 1Password or Google Authenticator, choose that option. If you haven’t, and prefer to receive codes via text message to your mobile device, choose that option.

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  1. If you select SMS Delivery, you’ll be asked to enter in your mobile phone number. Enter your number, and in a few seconds you’ll receive a unique 6 digit number. Enter that unique number and click “Confirm”.Screen Shot 2017-08-03 at 11.45.21 AM.png
    Two step authentication is now enabled on your account.
  2. If you select the Authenticator App, you’ll be asked to scan a code. You can scan that code using the Google Authenticator app, or 1Password.Screen Shot 2017-08-03 at 11.44.30 AM.png
    1. Once you’ve scanned the code, the app or 1Password will generate a unique 6 digit code. Enter the code generated by the app, and click on “Confirm”.
      Two step authentication is now enabled on your account.

Every time you login you will be asked to enter the unique code that is sent to your phone or generated by your app. If you use an app like 1Password, it will automatically copy this code to your clipboard when you fill in your password, allowing you to simply paste it in to login.

Two step authentication increases the security of your online account, and helps protect your store against unauthorized access.

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