Adding MIRkey security keys to a GitHub account

Last updated April 18, 2019

From a security perspective, using a security key rather than a TOTP code generated by an Authenticator App (aka “2FA”) is a step up. While a TOTP code may be intercepted as part of a phishing attack, this is not possible with a security key

In this how-to we will show you how to add a MIRkey security key as a second factor for GitHub.

  1. Open your GitHub security settings, and click on the “Edit” button next to Security Keys.

    GitHub security settings

  2. Scroll down to the security keys section then click “Register new device”

    Gitlab add security key

  3. Select a name to uniquely identify the key - we recommend you use the last 2 digits of the serial number printed on the device and click “Add”

    Github wait device

    Press the button on your MIRkey.

  4. Ensure that your device is now listed under the registered devices.

    Github registered

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