New security option available to customers with a U.S. mobile phone number.
GoDaddy.com has added two factor authentication capabilities for U.S. customers. The feature appears to have been added within the past couple days.
The added security layer, also known as two step authentication, means that someone who gets control of your username and password will be unable to log in to your account. In addition to the usual login credentials, Go Daddy will send a one time passcode to your mobile phone that will be required for account access every time you log in.
The new feature is available within the “account settings” tab under “Account Security Settings”.
I just completed the two factor sign up process and it took about one minute to complete.
While two factor authentication does add a slight inconvenience each time you log in, it sure beats having someone steal one of your domains or change a nameserver on one of your key web sites.
Some other domain registrars already offer two factor authentication. Go Daddy’s service is noteworthy because it’s the biggest domain registrar so this will potentially protect a large number of domain names.