Things I Learned About 2-Factor Authentication on GitHub

Since the end of 2018, I’ve been a part of a collaboration between RECON and MSF called the R4EPIs initiative where we are trying to integrate a more standardized workflow of R for field epidemiologists so that it can be more cost-effective (no license fees) and troubleshooting among epidemiologists can be more effective. We have a repository to host templates for automated situation reports at When we created the GitHub organisation, we wanted to make sure that the code being submitted to the repository was genuinely authored by the person and didn’t contain malware from a hijacked account1, so we required 2-factor authentication for the R4EPI github organisation from the start.