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

Enabling Two-Factor Authentication on QNAP NAS

To enhance the security of your QNAP NAS, you can enable two-factor authentication (2FA). This additional layer of protection ensures that even if your password is compromised, an attacker would still need access to your authentication device, such as your smartphone, to gain access to your NAS.

Here's how you can enable 2FA on your QNAP NAS:

1. Install the Authentication App

First, you need to install an authentication app on your smartphone, such as Google Authenticator or Authy. These apps generate time-based one-time passwords (TOTP) for use during the authentication process.

2. Configure the NAS for Two-Factor Authentication

To configure 2FA on your QNAP NAS, follow these steps:

- Open the QTS management interface on your NAS and go to "Control Panel."
- Click on "Security" and then select "Two-factor Authentication."
- Enable 2FA by toggling the switch to "On."
- Scan the QR code displayed on the screen using your authentication app.

3. Verify the Authentication App

After scanning the QR code, your authentication app will generate a one-time password (OTP). Enter this OTP in the QTS management interface to complete the verification. This step confirms that your authentication app is synchronized with your NAS.

4. Set Up Recovery Options

To ensure you don't lose access to your NAS in case your authentication app is lost or reset, set up recovery options. This will allow you to regain access to your NAS if necessary.

- Create a backup of the QR code or secret key provided by the NAS.
- Enable the "SMS verification code" and provide your mobile phone number.
- Choose a security question and provide an answer that only you know.

5. Test Two-Factor Authentication

Once you have enabled and configured 2FA, test the authentication process to ensure it works correctly. Log out of your NAS account and attempt to log back in. You will be prompted to enter the one-time password generated by your authentication app.

With two-factor authentication enabled, your QNAP NAS will be significantly more secure. It adds an extra layer of protection that helps safeguard your data from unauthorized access. Remember to keep your authentication app and recovery options secure to maintain the integrity of your NAS.

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