Since 2013 we’ve offered two-factor authentication on Gandi accounts. Since then, the technology has evolved. The U2F (Universal 2nd Factor) standard has simplified and strengthened two-factor authentication, notably through the use of physical USB or NFC “keys”. On #gandiv5, you now can use your U2F key to authenticate your session.
This is an announcement we’re quite excited about. Today actually marks four years to the day that we announced the introduction of two-factor authentication on our platform so it’s only fitting that we’d be announcing that we’ve caught up with the latest technology.
A U2F “key” creates an added layer of security, as the key is physically stored on a device uniquely for this purpose which can be inserted into a USB port or detected by an NFC reader.
With the introduction of this option at Gandi, now is as good a time as any to secure your Gandi domains and other products with this added security layer. In fact, we recommend it.
Activating U2F on your Gandi account is pretty straightforward. Just go to “Your account“, under “Security.” Then, click on “Manage your U2F authentication,” then click on the “Add a new key” button, name your key, click Continue, insert your U2F key if you haven’t already, and that’s it.