The National Informatics Centre (NIC), which provides government email service has brought out additional security measures for the emails. The move comes after repeated incidents of government officers’ official email passwords being compromised due to negligence in basic security practices.
All users availing the email services from NIC need to use 2FA to access their account. 2FA or the 2-Factor Authentication is a method that requires additional authentication instead of the password alone. It is similar to the OTP by SMS in addition to the regular passwords as using in baning sites. So even if the password is breached, the access to the account cannot be gained.
For the email provided by the NIC, users have to install the Kavach app in their mobile or computers. During the installation, the credentials will be verified via the SMS sent to the registered mobile number for the user. While installing the necessary permission for allowing the notification on the device needs to be granted. On login to the email in the browser, a notification will be sent to the device from the Kavach app asking to “Accept”’ or ” Deny”. One accepted, the login process will be completed and email service can be accessed. Alternately, a frequently changing OTP, obtained from the Kavach app can be suffixed with the password in the email login screen for logging in.
The Kavach app can be obtained from the following links
Instructions for using the App