How do I enable two-factor authentication on my Synology NAS?

How to enable two-factor authentication on your Synology NAS

Step 1: Install and update DSM

The first step is to install and update the DiskStation Manager (DSM) operating system on your Synology NAS to the latest version. You can do this by visiting the Synology Download Center and selecting your NAS model. Download the appropriate update file and follow the installation instructions provided by Synology.

Step 2: Install the "Authenticator" app

On your mobile device, such as a smartphone or tablet, install a two-factor authentication app. Synology recommends using the "Authenticator" app, which is available for both iOS and Android devices. You can download the app from the App Store or Google Play Store.

Step 3: Enable two-factor authentication

Now that your NAS is updated and the authenticator app is installed, follow these steps to enable two-factor authentication:

  1. Open the DSM web interface by entering the local IP address or domain name of your NAS in a web browser.
  2. Login to DSM with your administrator account.
  3. Go to "Control Panel" and click on "User".
  4. Select the user account for which you want to enable two-factor authentication.
  5. Click on the "Edit" button next to the user account.
  6. In the "Account" tab, scroll down to the "Two-step Verification" section.
  7. Click on the "Enable" button.
  8. Open the "Authenticator" app on your mobile device and scan the QR code displayed on the DSM web interface.
  9. Once the QR code is scanned, a six-digit verification code will be generated. Enter this code in the DSM web interface.
  10. Click on the "Apply" button to save the changes.

Step 4: Test two-factor authentication

To ensure that two-factor authentication is working correctly, log out of the DSM web interface and then log in again using your administrator account. After entering your password, you will be prompted to enter the verification code from the authenticator app on your mobile device. Enter the code to complete the login process.

By following these steps, you have successfully enabled two-factor authentication on your Synology NAS, adding an extra layer of security to your device.

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