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March 10, 2023.

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Starting March 13, GitHub will require all developers who contribute code to GitHub.com to use one or more forms of two-factor authentication (2FA). This will expand to all accounts, as 2FA provides effective protection against social engineering and other common types of attacks, says the company’s security officer. Only 16.5% of active GitHub users use 2FA, but by the end of 2023, GitHub will mandate 2FA for all contributing developer accounts. Over the past months, GitHub has gradually extended this requirement to specific user types, such as maintainers of packages with more than 1 million weekly downloads or 500 dependents.

Ars Technica, Samuel Axon, “The time has come: GitHub expands 2FA requirement rollout March 13.”