Cyberattack, Hacking, Privacy, Technology

GitHub To Implement 2FA From Active Developers By Late 2023

GitHub Two-factor authentication

Github, a code hosting site, has announced that by the end of 2023, all users who contribute code to the platform will be required to utilize two-factor authentication (2FA) every time they access their accounts.

What is 2FA? 

Two-factor authentication (2FA) is an extra layer of security used when logging into websites or apps. With 2FA, you have to log in with your username and password and provide another form of authentication that only you know or have access to.

Having this extra layer of security helps GitHub developers defend their accounts from hacker takeover attempts.

Developers may use a variety of 2FA methods, such as physical security keys, virtual security keys installed on phones and laptops, and time-based One-Time Password (TOTP) authenticator apps.

SMS-based 2FA is the most common right now in some countries, although it is also available to use. GitHub, on the other hand, recommends developers utilize security keys or TOTPs because attackers may bypass or steal 2FA SMS auth tokens.

They also stated that: 

“Note that organization and enterprise members and owners who do not use 2FA will be removed from the organization or enterprise when these settings are enabled.”

Most recent GitHub update would go a long way toward securing developers’ accounts against hacking.