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What Is 2FA & How Does It Work With Fugo TV Dashboards?
What Is 2FA & How Does It Work With Fugo TV Dashboards?

This guide will take you through the basics of what 2 Factor Authentication is & why it needs to be enabled to work with Fugo TV dashboards.

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What is 2FA?

2FA, sometimes referred to as Two-step verification, is more secure than just a password, because it requires something you know plus something you have. For instance, no hacker has your physical phone.

It's relevant for Fugo users who use our TV Dashboards service to access dashboards, reports, and URLs that live behind secure logins.

Let's look at an example.

When you’re accessing your dashboard service, like Looker, over the web, you will be 1) authenticated, and then 2) authorized by the Looker service:

  1. Authentication: Looker needs to know who you are

  2. Authorization: once Looker gets to know you, it will decide what resources you have access to.

2FA is all about Step 1.


Usually, a web service authenticates users by asking for something only the user is supposed to know, like your login credentials (username and password.) This is called 1 Factor Authentication.


However, login credentials can be stolen. That’s why web services like Looker and Power BI ask users for something that only that user is supposed to have, such a secret code that can only be accessed via a mobile phone app. This is called 2 Factor Authentication.

Multi-Factor Authentication, MFA for short, is an authentication method that uses two or more ways of establishing the user's identity. Typically, it’s username/password with an authenticator app that uses Time-based One-Time Password (TOTP.)

So how does 2FA work in the real world? How do you prove that the user that is trying to log in has physical access to their smartphone? With an Identity Provider.

What is an Identity Provider?

An Identity Provider (IdP) is a service that stores and verifies a user's identity. IdPs are usually cloud-hosted services that can be downloaded via mobile app.

Two of the most popular IdPs are Google and Microsoft identity platforms.

How 2FA & authenticator apps work together

Ok, back to 2FA. As explained above, an IdP and authenticator app on your phone share the same secret key upon set up.

2FA essentially asks the user in the authentication step to:

  1. Enter their login credentials, username and password

  2. Provide a token generated by the app that proves that the secret key stored on the IdP matches the secret key stored in the authentication app

What Identity Providers does Fugo support?

We currently provide documentation for Microsoft & Google, though the same underlying principle applies to other identity providers.

If you use an alternative IdP and need some help from our team configuring it with your dashboard in Fugo, just reach out!

Find our guides below 👇

More guidance connecting your dashboards to Fugo

You'll find instructions for using Fugo with your chosen dashboard service in our TV Dashboards collection.

Fugo can be used to access just about any dashboard, report, or URL living behind a secure login, but here are some popular services customers use with Fugo and links to our set up documentation:

And don't forget - we have a dashboards team ready to help you address any issues or roadblocks you encounter with accessing your dashboards!

Reach us via the chat box in Fugo CMS, at, or by booking in a support call.

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