Google Authenticator

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 countdown timer under the authentication code, so you know how long you've got before the code expires. In addition, there are some improvements to non-English translations for international users.

Hit the Market to grab your update, or use the QR code after the jump.

 
There are 12 comments

Timelessblur says:

I like this update.I have been bit by that time before.

BlackHawkA4 says:

Yea the timer is cool.

rsa says:

"for to keep your Google account safe" . . . English your second language?

I think it's been proven that android central contributors are not English majors

Gekko says:

i'm thinking about adding the two step but have concerns that -

1. it will be a PIA.
2. it's not really necessary.
3. somehow something will go wrong (lose phone?) and i will be locked out of my Google account.

Alex Dobie says:

There are fallbacks if your phone is lost or stolen. You can add a backup phone number, and Google gives you sixteen backup codes which you can use to log in once and restore your account.

Timelessblur says:

Like the guy above me said they supply multiple back ups. Hell can set up the app on multiple devices at the same time. I have it running on my iPod and phone.

The biggest PIA is setting up everything that can not do two step so Google creates one time use 16 char codes that you can reject at any time. It is getting that set up where the pain is.

As for the log in yeah little pain but not a huge issue. I used to think the same thing on the log in until my Google account got hack and required me using a back up email address to be able reset the password and see it had sent out some spam messages.
Since then two step has been up and running.

JNM says:

How useful is this? I was thinking about it as soon as I read this post but was disuaded when I started considering having to go through the setup and even more on my mind is the login each place every time... unless I am misunderstanding how it works.

jaymoon says:

Rather than alert you when someone suspicious has logged in to your account, Google should require a two-step verification (or some other protective form of login), before that session occurs.

C'mon Google. Think. Why alert after the fact, when you could just popup a message saying "Sorry, this is not a recognized location for accessing your account, we're sending you a verification TXT now before you can log in..."?

JENSER says:

I have been prompted with a "two-step verification process" once when I tried to access my Gmail from a computer. Google asked me to submit my phone number to verify that I was the rightful owner of the account.

mahers says:

I had 2-step set up and didn't like it too much. As one poster said, there are apps that don't like it and you need a special one time code. The biggest PITA was that the codes produced by the Authenticator app never worked...EVER! I don't know how or why, but I had to go through by backup codes very quickly, so I got frustrated and turned it off and uninstalled.