Introducing two-factor authentication for Gandi webmail

Feb 17, 2021  - written by  in Gandimail

Your email account is a vital asset. Now you can secure your webmail account at Gandi using two-factor authentication.

Your email account is a vital asset. Not only does it contain valuable personal and professional communications, an email address can be used for:

  • Verifying a domain name for an SSL certificate
  • Resetting passwords on online accounts, including sensitive accounts like bank accounts
  • Impersonation attacks

And like any asset, you should protect it.

That’s why we’re pleased to announce the introduction of two-factor authentication on Gandi webmail.

What is two-factor authentication?

“Authentication” refers to the way you prove who you are to a computer or system and a “factor” is a type of proof. Logging into an account with just a password is the most common form of single factor authentication. When you add another way of proving who you are before you’re allowed access, that makes it a second factor.

Think of it like being asked for two forms of ID to get a driver’s license or at the bank. It might be easy enough to fake one ID — or steal a password — but it’s harder to fake or steal two.

Sometimes the second factor in two-factor authentication might be a code sent in a text message or email but usually, it comes in the form of a six-digit passcode in an authenticator app that changes every 30 seconds.

Two-factor authentication makes it much, much harder to break into your account and has become practically essential for any account with access to sensitive information.

Now this type of protection is available on your Gandi webmail accounts.

Read our documentation to see how you can activate two-factor authentication on your webmail accounts.

“Gandi Webmail Settings”

Along with two-factor authentication, we’re also rolling out a new “Gandi Webmail Settings” page, where you can see how secure a Gandi email account is.

Go to Gandi Webmail Settings.

The Gandi Webmail Settings page gives you a score on how secure your account is based on three criteria:

  1. How strong your password is
  2. Whether two-factor authentication is activated
  3. Whether POP, IMAP, and SMTP are disabled

That way, you can see at a glance how secure your email account is and how you can improve your email account’s security.

It also gives you the means to be able to improve that security—by setting a new password

  • activating two-factor authentication
  • adding a recovery email address or downloading recovery codes
  • enabling or disabling POP, IMAP, and SMTP

Go to Gandi Webmail Settings

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    Olaf Trygve Berglihn

    I would really appreciate if you can add support for client certificate authtentication for IMAP, POP and SMTP-connections. Just dropping standards and shifting to webmail or REST-apis are not a good solution. Juggling large ammounts of e-mail in webmail clients are super inefficient. I expect that Gandi’s expertice this should be easy, and it will make you stand out from other providers.