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Google Authenticator

Google Authenticator

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Google Authenticator description

In this time and age, security means a big deal. And when practically everyone is connected to a smartphone these days, the threat of being hacked, attacked or personal information and documents leaked is imminent. If you want to make sure your account is never compromised or vulnerable, it’s a good idea to start by securing it with a 2-step verification code. One of the best apps out there that facilitate this option is by Google itself – the Google Authenticator.

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You would think that the standard one step email and password at your login page is enough to secure your account. But that’s not true at all. Professional hackers have a way of manipulating accounts and breaking the security of this step. However, it’s much more difficult to breech a 2-step verification; in fact, even impossible.

The Google Authenticator allows users to generate random 6-digit codes for your phone and your Google accounts. Once you make an account on the app, you’re asked to type in a key password and whether you want a time-based code generator or a counter-based code generator. These codes will then change time to time or through a counter-tap system so that you won’t need to memorize it. But where are these codes going to be used? That is the question.

Google Authenticator connects with your Google account so the next time you sign up or sign in on an app that requires you to sign in with your Google account, you won’t be just directed to a one-step authentication. The app will first ask you of your Google email and password and the then you will be asked to type in the secret code.

This secret code is the one that can be acquired from your Google Authenticator app. The code makes a middle-man in the signing in process; a middle-man only you can see and control. Hence, Google Authenticator is undoubtedly a secure and foolproof method to make sure your accounts are protected.

The app itself is literally nothing. When you open it up for the first time, you’ll be run through a three page tutorial which is clean and precise but doe s the job. Then you’ll be asked to create an account through typing it in or by automatically setting up the account via a QR code. If you choose the QR code way you’ll be asked for camera permissions.

Google Authenticator supports a wide range of providers and even has compatibility for Android Wear. This means that with this app you can also make sure your smartwatch is secure.

The design of the app is simplistic. From the settings tab, you can change the layout to a dark theme as well. But that’s pretty much all the customization you can get. There are also no in-app purchases involved. Google Authenticator is totally free to download and use. With over 10 million downloads, Google Authenticator is a great and easy way to keep your Google account and its related apps secure.

Why do we recommend Google Authenticator?

  • Simple UI and easy-to-navigate design
  • Provides quick and immediate two step verification security to your Google account
  • Offers the option of automatic setup of account through QR code scanning
  • Completely free to use with no in-app purchases
  • Comprehensive 3-page tutorial that explains the app thoroughly
  • Offers both time-based and counter-based code generator

What can be improved in Google Authenticator?

  • Time-based code generator is too fast and copy pasting the code might take too long before the code is regenerated. There should be auto-fill feature for specific apps you can give permissions to
  • Cannot be used simultaneously on two devices

Google Authenticator provides a swift and easy way to protect your account and its important information from potential cyber attackers. If you’ve got sensitive information or simply need a more secure way to keep your accounts from getting compromised, you should try Google Authenticator.

Google Authenticator is one of the top apps in the Tools app category, which belongs to Google LLC . It's last update was on September 27, 2017 and it has been already downloaded 5,000,000 - 10,000,000 times. On the app store it has now 161,806 reviews. After you get to Google Authenticator page on the app store, click install & enjoy it.

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How to Download and Install

  • Developed by: Google LLC
  • Current Version: 5.00
  • Updated: September 27, 2017
  • Requires Android: 2.3.3 and up
  • Installs: 5,000,000 - 10,000,000
  • Category: tools
  • Price: Free

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161,806 total
5 110,139
4 23,590
3 9,518
2 4,360
1 14,199
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