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Google Authenticator

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  • Vendor: Google Inc.
  • Version: 2.49
  • Price: Free

You should really be using two-step authentication for your Google account, and if you are, then you should be using it with the Google Authenticator app. I used the text codes for the longest time, and I don’t know why, since the Authenticator app is easier to use, and more importantly, easier to hide and secure.

The Authenticator app is dead simple: it spits out a new 6-digit verification code for your account every 20 seconds or so for you to use when logging into other devices and computers, even when you don’t have a data connection on the phone. But since it gives up the last code someone would need to access your account, assuming they sussed out your password somehow, I don't let the Google Authenticator app sit in my app drawer without making it wear a disguise. If using Nova or another third-party launcher, you can change the icon and the name of the app as it appears in the launcher, and so Google Authenticator can become just another mind-rotting game to the snooping silbling/spouse/roommate.

And what's more is that you can use Google Authenticator for other apps and services that use the same sort of authentication, including Facebook, Buffer, and VPN services.

Google Authenticator - Featured Articles

Android Central

No excuses: It's time to turn on two-step authentication

Your Google account holds your e-mail, apps, music, books, documents, cloud storage, credit cards and more. It’s time to protect that stuff with more than a simple password. If you’ve been watching the wider tech world over the past couple of days, you’ll be familiar with the recent misfortune...
Android Central

Google Authenticator updated with internal clock sync

If you're using two-step authentication for your Google account, you'll want to pick up the latest version of the Authenticator app, which brings a new time syncing feature to ensure correct codes are generated. Previously, if the app's internal clock went too out of sync with Google's, the...
Android Central

Google Authenticator / CyanogenMod incompatibility fixed

Last night's update to the Google Authenticator app caused headaches for a few CyanogenMod users by force-closing at startup on their devices. However, CM users will be pleased to hear that a fix has been swiftly rolled out by Google just hours after the incompatibility came to light. To grab the...
Android Central

Google Authenticator updated, CyanogenMod 7.1 users beware

For those of you using two-step authentication for your Google account, a new update for the Google Authenticator app has just landed in the Android Market. Version 0.85 apparently fixes a few security bugs, and adds some UI improvements -- though we have to say, the app looks exactly the same to...

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Android Central

No excuses: It's time to turn on two-step authentication

Your Google account holds your e-mail, apps, music, books, documents, cloud storage, credit cards and more. It’s time to protect that stuff with more than a simple password. If you’ve been watching the wider tech world over the past couple of days, you’ll be familiar with the recent misfortune...
Android Central

Google Authenticator updated with internal clock sync

If you're using two-step authentication for your Google account, you'll want to pick up the latest version of the Authenticator app, which brings a new time syncing feature to ensure correct codes are generated. Previously, if the app's internal clock went too out of sync with Google's, the...
Android Central

Google Authenticator / CyanogenMod incompatibility fixed

Last night's update to the Google Authenticator app caused headaches for a few CyanogenMod users by force-closing at startup on their devices. However, CM users will be pleased to hear that a fix has been swiftly rolled out by Google just hours after the incompatibility came to light. To grab the...
Android Central

Google Authenticator updated, CyanogenMod 7.1 users beware

For those of you using two-step authentication for your Google account, a new update for the Google Authenticator app has just landed in the Android Market. Version 0.85 apparently fixes a few security bugs, and adds some UI improvements -- though we have to say, the app looks exactly the same to...
Android Central

Google Authenticator updated with countdown timer, improved translations

If you use two-stage authentication to keep your Google account safe, then you'll want to grab the latest update to the accompanying Google Authenticator app, which was released today. Version 0.6.4 of the Authenticator rolls back some permission changes added in a previous version, and adds a...
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