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Multi Factor Authentication (Optional)

Last Updated: September 2020

Tethys allows you to enable/enforce the use of multi factor authentication through apps such as LastPass Authenticator or Google Authenticator. This capability is provided by Django MFA2. This tutorial will show you how to enable that functionality.

Configuring Multi Factor Authentication

Several options in your portal_config.yaml file can be changed to customize the multi-factor authentication for your portal. See: the Django MFA2 Documentation for more information about the different options. These are the default settings:

MFA_CONFIG:
  MFA_REQUIRED: false
  MFA_UNALLOWED_METHODS:
    - U2F
    - FIDO2
    - Email
    - Trusted_Devices
  MFA_RECHECK: true
  MFA_RECHECK_MIN: 10
  MFA_RECHECK_MAX: 30
  MFA_QUICKLOGIN: true
  TOKEN_ISSUER_NAME: 'Tethys Portal'

Note

Multifactor authentication is on by default but is not required. However, you it can be required by setting MFA_REQUIRED to True.

Email Configuration

If you setup the Email option, users will be able to receive MFA codes through their email. Enabling this option for your multi factor authentication requires some extra setup.

  1. Remove 'Email' from the MFA_UNALLOWED_METHODS list in your portal config.

  2. Setup emailing capabilities for your Tethys Portal. If you have a Gmail account you can use the free Gmail SMTP service as follows:

EMAIL_CONFIG:
  EMAIL_BACKEND: django.core.mail.backends.smtp.EmailBackend
  EMAIL_HOST: smtp.gmail.com
  EMAIL_PORT: 587
  EMAIL_HOST_USER: my.name@gmail.com
  EMAIL_HOST_PASSWORD: super-secret-password
  EMAIL_USE_TLS: true
  DEFAULT_FROM_EMAIL: my.name@gmail.com
  EMAIL_FROM: 'My Name'

Enable MFA on Your Account

Follow these steps to enable multi factor authentication on your account:

  1. Log in to the Tethys Portal

  2. Navigate to the settings for your account by selecting "User Settings" from the drop down menu next to your username.

  3. Press the Configure button next to the 2-Step Verification setting under the Credentials section.

  4. Select the method you would like to enable from the Add Method menu.

The MFA methods table will show a list of all enabled MFA methods. Use the Add Method button to add a new method.

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  1. Follow the on-screen instructions and enter the code to verify your method.

Example of adding an authenticator app. Scan the QR code using an authenticator app on your phone such as Google Authenticator or Lastpass Authenticator.

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Example of adding an email method. You will need to have set your email address on your profile to receive the codes through emails.

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Important

If you choose the Email MFA option, you must also provide an email in your profile.

  1. Log out and log back in to verify that you are prompted for the second factor.