Thursday, December 31, 2020

Google Authenticator 3.1

Oliver Haslam:

Google Authenticator for iPhone has had some attention lavished on it, with the new app featuring a redesigned interface that also includes support for dark mode for the first time.

Alongside the new look, Google has also added a new feature that allows users to export their accounts for use on another device – a huge deal for those who regularly switch phones.

Paul Haddad:

How was this not a 1.0 feature? I’ve basically stopped using this when I can just because this was missing.


I must say the migration / export is cumbersome. You need to have two devices present when performing the migration. No way to create an off device store.

I have been using 1Password for one-time passwords, because it syncs and I can easily back it up myself. But it’s admittedly less secure to have both the password database and “2-factor” on the same device (albeit in separate apps).

Rosyna Keller:

Google literally wanted users to create a new key for every account on every device they owned.

They considered it more secure, not taking into account human nature that results in users choosing less security over frustrating QR code generation that’s very hard to access.

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I use 1Password for password storage, and Authy for the second factor.

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