Authy: A Better Replacement for Google Authenticator
In today’s world, we face serious concerns with the risk of our online security being hacked. Protecting our security has grown more difficult with several new online threats. Though there are multiple ways to keep our data protected, the most user friendly one is enabling Two-Step Verification for your accounts.With 2FA, you will receive a phone call or text message with a one-time code to log in to your account. One such simple technique to set up Two-factor Authentication(2FA) is with Google Authenticator app to your account. The app brings online security to your convenience by automatically generating one-time pass codes in your phone.
Before using Google Authenticator, I was using the default 2-Step verification from Google. Here, I would receive codes through phone call or text messages. But I preferred replacing it as I could get the codes from my phone itself, even if there is a network trouble. The codes are refreshed every minute adding to the safety of my account. But recently I found something more advance than this app.
Authy vs Google Authenticator for 2 Factor Authentication
You can make your online security more safe and convenient with Authy 2-Factor Authentication. The app can replace your Google Authenticator with its extended features, apart from just generating codes. Authy provides trusted protection to all your apps and accounts that supports Google Authenticator. Be it your Facebook, Gmail or Dropbox, you are protected with Authy.
What makes Authy more reliable than Google Authenticator?
We have used both the applications and has found out Authy wins over Google Authenticator on these pointers-
- Convenience of using Authy from anywhere
Instead of handling you with a pack of backup verification codes like Google does, Authy securely backs up your account data in cloud storage. Just register your new devices when you access your account from anywhere. You can even access Authy from your Google Chrome by downloading the Chrome extension from here. I find this very convenient as I access my account from multiple devices.
- Logging and Pre-Filtering
Authy 2FA tracks account details like phone type and carrier and identifies threats such as pre-pay or recently ported accounts. Different ways of authentication ensures transactions safety as the security needs may differ. ‘Twillo‘ is the paid version of Authy which is a very good and handy tool available for business with extended features.
- Powerful Combination of Authentication Options
Authy provides three ways of authentication. Authy Onecode is recommended for users not using Authy app. A seven digit pass code is generated on demand and sent to mobile via text message. Authy Softtoken is available for app users which displays the seven digit code only for 20 seconds. Authy Onetouch sends you push notifications when you log in to your account. Nothing can match Authy Onetouch for a trouble-free authentication. Just swipe to access or deny – as simple as that.
I enjoyed the feature of Onetouch authentication. It’s the most easiest and convenient authentication method to log in to my accounts.
- Never get locked out of your accounts
Even losing your phone will not block you from accessing your accounts as you can access Authy from any device. Just one account for access to all your accounts.
Things that may concern you –
- Since Authy can be accessed from multiple devices, there can be a concern of your account being manipulated by anyone who gets to know your master credentials.
- In order to log in to different accounts, Authy owns some of your account information to provide security.
I liked the user interface of Authy very much as compared to the dull UI of the authenticator. Setting up Authy made it easy for me to access all my account in just a swipe of my finger. You can get official tutorials to set up your Authy with different accounts here.
Even though we have to share some of our account information with Authy, it offers unmatchable security and convenience to our online world. Download the Authy app from here.