gmaister22

Level 2
Which 2FA application do you guys recommend for 2FA use? I have been using Google Authenticator but, because I swap phones couple times a year I cba to move all of them all the time, plus i will be doomed if I lose the phone...so I am looking for something like Authy or MS Authenticator that will sync
 

notabot

Level 15
Which 2FA application do you guys recommend for 2FA use? I have been using Google Authenticator but, because I swap phones couple times a year I cba to move all of them all the time, plus i will be doomed if I lose the phone...so I am looking for something like Authy or MS Authenticator that will sync

I didn't know MS Authenticator syncs across devices these days, if so and I were to setup my 2FAs from scratch I'd go with that simply to consolidate how many service providers I use

These days that we use multiple devices, any service that syncs over cloud and also encrypts your stuff with AES is the way to go, I'm very happy with Authy, it's very convenient.

When I used Google authenticator I had a dosier with all the QR codes printed, which proved handy when I needed it but every new QR code I needed to add was a pain to "sync", Authy is way more convenient that that.
 
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Protomartyr

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I've been looking to secure my accounts with 2FA and found this article to be helpful:
I think I'm leaning towards Authy.
 

notabot

Level 15
You could read the post above yours... and then check the TOS...

Really. Is that all necessary?

I have read it, data is fairly masked, I don't understand why you see privacy issues there

I have read it, data is fairly masked, I don't understand why you see privacy issues there

Also for what they keep (not what they sent), it's fairly minimal and they claim to only share non-masked info when it's necessary for the services they provide.

It doesn't sound scary to me but even though they are based in the US, GDPR applies to them as well, so you could GDPR them and see what data they have shared.
 
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Threadripper

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Avoid GA at all costs, moving your codes from one device to another is a frustrating process and it's single device only. Out of the two I'd pick Authy, but if your password manager lets you store TOTP codes there then that'd what I'd use. I ditched Authy for Bitwarden Pro about a year ago.
 

ANNOx

Level 1
Microsoft Authenticator looks really good with backup to cloud option . online reviews say that on android it works good but on iphone's people are reporting icloud backup sync problems . How's it's usability and battery drain ? . I am using Google's but it is too much of a hassle when changing devices. Thinking about moving to Microsoft Authenticator .
 

upnorth

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Microsoft Authenticator looks really good with backup to cloud option . online reviews say that on android it works good but on iphone's people are reporting icloud backup sync problems . How's it's usability and battery drain ? . I am using Google's but it is too much of a hassle when changing devices. Thinking about moving to Microsoft Authenticator .
The usability been greatly improved and they also added a bit smarter and better security a few versions back. Now it's even by default enforcing the phones own app lock feature. The battery drain is on my own phone, not much more then 1%, but I also allow the phone to automatic handle the battery usage for the app. Over all I would say it's more then negligible.
 

security123

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I wouldn't use both and can only recommend andOTP and Aegis from F-Droid (latter one is on Google store too)

Both are work completely offline, using encrypted database with secure unlock (Android Keystore) and provide encrypted backup without insecure cloud.
 
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