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Secure your synology with 2-step verification login

To add a layer of security to your synology, you can enable 2-step verification. Here is how you do it:

You will need either:

  • an iphone or ipad to install an authenticator app
  • or an android phone
  • or a blackberry, to be able to authenticate yourself. (Continue reading for more details).

Log in your synology and Click on “Admin” and “Options”:

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Click on “Enable 2-step verification” and a new window will appear:

enable

Click on “Next”:

welcome

Confirm your email and click on “Next”: (this email address will be used to send you the code if you lose your phone)

confirm

You need to install the authenticator, I will use Google (I have masked the QR code on the picture). Here are the links to the app in the different devices:

configure
configure

Let’s do this on the iphone. After you download the the app, open it and click on the pen (circled in red on the picture):

pen

Click on the “plus” symbol:

plus

Now you have two choices, either you scan the code, or you input the details manually (see the link in blue in the previous synology step):

manual

Once you have done it, the new account will be registered in your app:

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Click “Next” on the synology verification wizard:

configure
configure

And you will be prompted to write the 6-digit number that you see on the app.

enter

And you are done:

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What happens now? Well, every time you try to log in as ADMIN, you will have to open your app, retrieve a new code and entering after your normal login procedure:

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Lost your phone?

If your mobile device is lost, you can click the Lost phone? link, and an emergency code will be sent to the email address you specified during the set-up:

lost

Enjoy!

10 thoughts on “Secure your synology with 2-step verification login

  1. Are you allow to have more that one device to provide the 2-step verification code? The reason for this question if you lose the device and/or if it is broken how are you going to get admin access?

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    1. Great question David! If your mobile device is lost, you can click the Lost phone? link (on the login panel), and an emergency code will be sent to the email address you specified when you configure the 2-step verification code.
      I’ll update the instructions.
      Ruth

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  2. Hola, he cambiado de teléfono y google authetificator ha dejado de funcionar. He agotado todos los códigos de emergencia y no puedo entrar en mi NAS. ¿Cçomo hago para volver a configurar el teléfono? ¿Como puedo conseguir un nuevo código de emergencia?

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  3. I ran into an issue with 2-step enabled when using more than one device with Authenticator app. I first set this up to use my iPhone scanning the QR code and it works great. However I also use my iPad (on the same LAN as my Synology) to access some of my Synology services like DS Download. When I launched DS Get (DS Download) I am prompted to 2-step authenticate. The problem is when I launched Google Authenticator on my iPad it wants me to scan the QR code. I don’t see a way to view the QR code again from the 2-step setup preferences on the Synology. Any suggestion on how to work around this seemingly limitation or am I overlooking something that allows multiple devices to 2-step authenticate using Google Authenticator?

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      1. Really just for the occasion that I am using my iPad. Kind of a pain if I’m on my iPad and try to use a Synology app and then have to go and grab my phone to authenticate.
        Does Synology 2-step offer txt message or just use of an Authenticator app? If a txt message is possible then I can use my iPad too.

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