Latch is a technology developed by Eleven Paths that does not require internet connection to work properly. This tool offers two options to protect our accounts. The first option is called “lock” and it can block your account even if the password entered is correct. The second option is called “Latch Cloud TOTP” and it can add a “two-factor authentication” based on 6-digit token typed after introducing your password. In this article, we will show you how to integrate Latch Cloud TOTP in your Github accounts.
First of all, we should access to our Github account. Once we are in our page we should Access to our configuration by clicking in our profile photo, and choosing “settings” now we have to choose “Security”. Now we can set Two Factor Authentication.
Click on “set up two-factor authentication” to configure two step authentication, Github will show you two options, the first one is authenticatting via sms and the second is authenticatting via app (use this metod).
After picking “Set up using an App” option GitHub will show us a Qr code wich we should scan with our Latch´s App to generate the new service we want to protect. Once we have finished the configuration we will generate a TOTP code and we will click on “continue”.
To finish the procces we have to download our security keys, in case of forgotting our pasword we can use this codes to log in our account if two step verification doesn´t work correctly. Last step is clicking on “Eneable two-factor authentication” .
Configurating Latch Cloud TOTP
Run the Latch app using the latest version, where we can find the Cloud TOTP feature. Then go to add new service with Latch and two choices will appear, “Pair with Latch,” the classic feature,and “Protect with Cloud TOTP” (choose this one).
When you click on “Protect with Cloud TOTP,” Latch will show the device camera ready to scan the previous QR code generated by Github. Once we scan or type the secret key information, Latch will indicate that there is a new service, as you can see in the image below.
Starting session con Latch Cloud TOTP in GitHub
The last step to finish the configuration is log in to Github as usual. Once we are logged in, Github will ask for a six-digit code, as you can see in the image below. Now, the “two-factor authentication” is enabled and configured in Github and we can start to use Latch.
In our Latch app, we must have a new app with the same name as the service set, in our case will be GitHub. To generate the TOTP codes, click on the button called “PIN.” Those codes will be valid only for a short time (30 seconds).
We encourage you to configure the “two-factor authentication” for all your accounts in any service that allows this type of security. Nowadays it is mandatory strengthening all our digital identities using all the possible ways. The possibilities offered by Latch Cloud TOTP can protect all your services and accounts in a fast, simple and reliable way.