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Google Authenticator Reviews
We have 2 reviews for Google Authenticator. The average overall ratings is 2.5 / 5 stars.
Overall Opinion: Google Authenticator is an app that is designed to give you limited use security codes that you enter at the time of signing into one of your online accounts. The idea is that by enabling two-factor authentication (2FA) on your online accounts, if your information leaks, the hackers still can't make any changes to your account without your permission. Google Authenticator is a cheap and easy way to keep all of your 2FA codes together under one app, but it does have a few caveats that you'll need to consider. First is that the 2FA codes are not stored on a server anywhere, they are generated by the app on your device. That means that you can't pick up your tablet, install Google Authenticator, and see all of your 2FA codes on your tablet as well as your phone. That's unfortunate because there are other services available that do offer sync functionality for receiving 2FA codes on multiple devices instead of just one. If you happen to upgrade your phone or tablet and want to transfer all of your 2FA codes, you need to make sure you do so when you have both devices available because you will need to scan a QR code onto your new device to transfer your 2FA codes to the new device. It's not exactly hard, but it can cause a bit of pain if you forget and reformat your old phone before removing the codes. Overall, Google Authenticator is a great solution if you're looking to enable two-factor authentication on your online accounts for extra security. The only real downsides are a lack of sync, which is something people who use the app have been complaining about for several years. Google has tested out functionality with the app to send you a notification when you make a login request with their services, but so far this functionality has not been extended to third parties to utilize. This feature is convenient though because it puts the code directly in your notification bar when you need it instead of having to open the app directly.
Pros: Completely free to use Can add any account that supports 2FA Extra layer of security for your online accounts Available for both iOS & Android
Cons: Not the best interface Transferring between devices is difficult No way to back up contents of the app Doesn't support multiple device syncs
Overall Opinion: I understand the security features but need how dumb can google be in this? What if I lost my device? Authentication tokens are not backed up. It was invented a long time ago and it's 2021 now and even after these many raged customers Google didn't add a backup option to the authenticator.
Cons: No backup Can't even view the secret code after entering it. I would even store all of them in a secure place and use them in another device. But even that feature is not present. If I lost my device, there is nothing that I can do.
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