Having a NAS is great, it allows you to do all number of things from backups and testing to remote access. While having a strong password is essential, it is also a good idea to secure your NAS with 2 factor authentication (2FA) if you are going to expose it to the internet. This is very simple on a Synology NAS, so follow along below to learn how to set this up.
Setting up Recovery Email
- Log into your Synology NAS, in the top right corner select the “Person” icon and select “Personal”
- Now before you setup 2FA you need to setup an email, in case you ever need to reset it. Select the “Email Account” tab, select add
- Select your account type, I am going to select Gmail (You can use outlook or custom however custom will require you to know the IMAP details), Enter your email address
- Select the “Authenticate” button, the process will be a little different if you use outlook but should be similar
- Select “Allow” so Synology can access your Google account, then select “Agree”
- You should then see “Authentication Successful!”
Setting up 2FA
- Now go to the “Account” tab and tick “Enable 2 step verification”
- Select “Next”
- Enter the email you would like to use if you need to reset your 2FA, select “Next”
- Now you will see a qrcode. On your mobile open an authenticator app. I recommend authy as it can backup your 2FA codes to another device. For this tutorial I will use Google Authenticator.
- Select add in your Authenticator app and scan the qrcode on the screen.
- Once you have added the code to your Authenticator app, select “next” on the Synology and enter the code from your phone to verify it is correct
- You should see a success screen, the next time you log in you will be asked for this 6-digit code from your phone. Press “Close” and then “Okay” to save the settings.