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Two-Factor Authentication user guide

Nominet is committed to ensuring the .UK domain and gTLDs it operates are secure and trusted. Following the successful launch of optional two-factor authentication (2FA) for registrars accessing Online Services, in 2014, 2FA will be mandatory for all registrars from 9 May 2017. Other systems and services such as EPP and DAC are not affected.

2FA improves security as an intruder would need to have access to the device where it is installed, as well as know the account password. This increased security will help reduce the risk of DNS hijacking or confidential information being compromised.

2FA is free and Nominet has used RFC 6238 for implementing 2FA which is based on time based passcodes. Google Authenticator is widely used and recommended by Nominet. Another frequently used application is Authy apps.

See our Two Factor-Authentication User Guide for detailed information on:

  • Setting up 2FA on Google Authenticator, logging in and adding/deleting devices
  • FAQs
  • Troubleshooting
  • Glossary

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