Help:Two-factor authentication

Two-factor authentication (2FA) is a method of adding additional security to your account. The first "factor" is your usual password that is standard for any account. The second "factor" is a verification code retrieved from an app on a mobile device or computer. 2FA is conceptually similar to a security token device that banks in some countries require for online banking. Other names for 2FA systems include OTP (one-time password) and TOTP (Time-based One-time Password algorithm).

2FA is like a software version of the security token devices used for online banking in some countries.

This guide explains how to enable and disable 2FA on Wikipedia for your account. This guide is about the TOTP method, see notes about WebAuthn below.

Whether or not you decide to enable 2FA, you may want to enable the option "Send password reset emails only when both email address and username are provided" in the first tab of Special:Preferences.