Two Factor (2FA) Authentication via Email


A simple, lightweight, yet effective plugin to enable two factor (2FA) authentication via email.

WordPress is the world’s most popular content management system (CMS), with over 40% of all websites running on it. As such, it has become a prime target for hackers looking to exploit vulnerabilities to gain unauthorized access to websites. One of the best ways to enhance the security of a WordPress site is to enable two-factor authentication (2FA) for administrators.

  • Simply enable the plugin then edit a user account to enable 2FA for that individual user.
  • Please make sure your WordPress website sends and receives emails correctly. The best way is to use a SMTP plugin.


  • Under each user account settings, you can click the toggle to turn 2FA on/off.
  • When 2FA is enabled, the user will see this screen after a log-in.
  • An example of an error screen.


Use the automatic installer via WordPress or download the plugin and:

  1. Upload the plugin files to the /wp-content/plugins/two-factor-2fa-via-email directory.
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ screen in WordPress.
  3. Navigate to your profile or any other users and enable to toggle 2FA to enable per account.


Help! I’m locked out!

If you are not receiving the email to login then in order to regain access to your account, you’ll have to disable the plugin. The only way to do this is by renaming the plugin folder from two-factor-2fa-via-email to two-factor-2fa-via-email.backup or equivalent.

15 minutes is too long/short for me. Can this be changed?

At the moment, this cannot be changed however, we do have this feature planned.


April 1, 2023 1 reply
After trying out some of the other plugins from this developer, I saw there was this 2FA plugin. The sheer amount of spam I get really has raised concerns about security and I'm so glad I found this. Install - click the toggle for 2FA on the user account - done. Easiest way to boost security going, no crazy configuration needs, took literally seconds to do. Seems to work perfectly and I feel a lot better about the integrity of my accounts.
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Contributors & Developers

“Two Factor (2FA) Authentication via Email” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




  • Email content fix


  • ‘Fancy’ emails
  • Moving files into appropriate folders
  • Re-order of security features when logging in


  • Added PHP_INT_MAX to wp_login hook
  • Added support for advanced developers to use a custom 2FA template. You can now override the 2FA page by copying assets/2fa-page.php to your theme’s directory. Upload this file to wp-content/themes/xxx/ss88-2fa-page.php to customize it!


  • Fixed ‘dismiss’ link on notification
  • Added support for SMTP Mailer check


  • Added support link to plugin page


  • Fix openssl key
  • Fix echo’ing


  • Initial release.