The 2-factor authentication app from Microsoft, Microsoft Authenticator, has a new update rolling out that brings a slightly refreshed look to the app as well as compliance with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) directive in the European Union. The new update is version 6.2.26 for those keeping score at home and it has been released to the Play Store.
As for the new look, it is a slight one compared to the older version of the app. Now an account is shaded grey if it isn’t setup for identify verification and is only used to access organizational resources.
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Twitter has finally begun allowing users to use 3rd party two factor authentication apps to verify their identity. The new feature is rolling out to users accounts online and you can now select the default SMS authentication or a 3rd party authentication tool.
In April, the social micro blogging site rolled out SMS authentication that allowed users to have an authentication code texted to them when they were logging into their account. That is still enabled by default but you now have the option to use a 3rd party app like Google Authenticator to verify your identity. The feature requires that you log into your Twitter account online, then go to Settings & Privacy in your account settings. There you can setup an authentication app.
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After a limited rollout nearly a year ago, Instagram has rolled out two-factor authentication to all users. The new security feature can be enabled through settings and once it is done, it will require that you authenticate not only with your password but with a SMS code sent to you phone. This will only be required if you log out of the app and not every time you use it (assuming you keep yourself logged in).
Two-Factor authentication is something I highly encourage readers to enable on all their accounts, especially social networks. It significantly cuts down on your risk of your account being compromised. Yes it is a pain to have to deal with but it is better than the alternative.
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Google has given another fresh coat of paint to their two-factor authentication app, Google Authenticator. The update is rolling out to the Google Play store now and if you have it installed, you likely will see the OTA for it in the next day or two if not already. The updated build is version 4.74 for those keeping score at home. If you aren’t familiar with Authenticator, it is the code generating app when you enable two-factor authentication on your various accounts. Many services offer two-factor including Google, Microsoft, Evernote, WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, etc. I strongly urge all readers to enable two-factor on all of their accounts for security purposes. Yes it is a pain but apps like Google Authenticator allow you to have multiple accounts in the app.
Most of the changes in this update are cosmetic but they are good to see. First, the app is completely Material Design now which has a nice clean look to it. The six digit codes generated are now split into two, 3 digit sections so it makes it much easier to read.
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