WordPress Two Factor Authentication (CMAUTH) - Plugin Settings - General Settings

General Settings

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In General settings changes can be made to the login protection method and other aspects that apply to most or all users.

The settings for the WordPress Two Factor Authentication plugin can be accessed by clicking either the main plugin button or the one below:

General plugin settings - WordPress Login SMS Verification
General plugin settings


Protection Method: You can choose from four protection methods: Google Authenticator, Mobile Phone SMS, Email verification and Email code. You can also let users choose between SMS and e-mail

You can learn more about each of them by reading this guide.

Choosing protection method - 2 Factor Authentication for WordPress
Choosing protection method

Require a chosen protection method for all users: Will apply the previously selected solution for all users.

Choose if to require chosen protection method for all users - WordPress Two Step Authentication
Choose if to require chosen protection method for all users

Require chosen protection method for chosen roles: This field will only appear if "No" was chosen in the previous option.

Requiring chosen protection method for specific user roles - WordPress Enable 2FA
Requiring chosen protection method for specific user roles

Disable passwords

You can disable the password for every user or only for those with certain roles. Note that disabling the password does not mean the users will only need their username to sign. Instead, they will login with their usernames and the chosen authentication method.

Disabling passwords - How to Enable 2FA On WordPress
Disabling passwords


Here you can set how long codes will work or if a user inputting an incorrect code has to wait before entering a new one. This is good method to keep scammers away. Choosing to automatically logout after a set time helps to ensure the account is safe even if the user forgets to log out.

Shortening the expiration and activity/inactivity times increases security, but making the period too short can be inconvenient for users. The settings are applied to every user.

There are two options that affect the code generation: choose which characters will be used to create the codes and define its length.

Common settings - WordPress 2FA
Common settings


This section has the following options:

  • Enable statistics - If enabled, the plugin will collect the detailed information about all logins that were done using 2FA protection. You can sort the information by: ID, user, user role, login method, device info, IP address, login time. You can also filter the information by the specific user and period of time. Note: this option was introduced in version 1.6.8. 
  • Success rate - This bar shows the statistics rate of successful logins to your site (that were made using one of the secure login methods). Note: this option was introduced in version 1.6.9.
Statistics settings - WordPress Two Factor Authentication Plugin
Statistics settings

Learn more about this feature in this guide: WordPress Two Factor Authentication (CMAUTH) - How To - Collect Login Statistics

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