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October 15, 2017, 04:03:01 PM
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I am trying to find which 2FA app is better. I have read reviews on app sites but 8d prefer feedback from everyday users and not just bloggers.
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October 15, 2017, 04:15:39 PM
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I use Duo (https://duo.com/) and Google authenticator daily.  I prefer Duo from a user perspective, but GAuth is fairly painless.

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October 15, 2017, 04:29:11 PM
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Definitely go for Google Authenticator. Been using it for years without any issues.

Also, in the past I've read some Reddit threads on how people were having problems with Authy, causing them to lose access to their accounts. I've never read a single complaint on Google Authenticator as of today.

Some discussions on this matter:
Authy VS Google authenticator(r/androidapps): https://www.reddit.com/r/androidapps/comments/64xkkr/authy_vs_google_authenticator/
Authy vs Google Authenticator - Coinbase(r/bitcoin): https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/5ol41r/authy_vs_google_authenticator_coinbase/

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October 15, 2017, 04:52:42 PM
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Not aware about other authenticator but know about Google authenticator that i am using.I fell its best one.not yet faced any issue with this apps. I am using this one https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.authenticator2&hl=en
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October 15, 2017, 08:43:33 PM
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What about issues related to changing devices. I'm a field worker, sometimes I have to switch devices when one runs out of battery.
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October 15, 2017, 08:53:43 PM
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Have never had a problem with Google Auth
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October 15, 2017, 09:11:48 PM
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Have never had a problem with Google Auth
This, it just werks

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October 15, 2017, 11:02:42 PM
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Google Authenticator so my data is not on Authy servers

Authy can be a security risk IMO

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October 15, 2017, 11:15:40 PM
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I use Google authenticator it works great. I love how it protects you. It makes me feel safe knowing noone can have access to my account. It really does help with account resetting as well and rounds off your security well. I use Google because they are a strusted family name and have been around for so long. Their authenticator looks nice and works well.
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October 16, 2017, 08:36:24 AM
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I am trying to find which 2FA app is better. I have read reviews on app sites but 8d prefer feedback from everyday users and not just bloggers.

I am using Google Authenticator for the last 3 months. Not yet faced any critical issue or any problem. It's working very fine. Its rating is 4.3. You can try this. Here is the app https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.authenticator2&hl=en

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October 16, 2017, 08:39:47 AM
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Google Authenticator is best with maximum security  Smiley
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October 16, 2017, 11:00:54 AM
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I find Google Authenticator to be quite convenient with all of the other Google tools I use. That being said, I do have Authy for a domain registrar which doesn't have Google integration for 2 factor.
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October 16, 2017, 01:41:39 PM
Last edit: October 16, 2017, 02:09:54 PM by BobBoulder
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I use Google Authenticator and I can say it's really easy to use. I never had any problems. The codes are generated every 30 seconds and you don’t need to use internet or cellular connectivity to receive the code.

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October 16, 2017, 02:45:39 PM
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never had a problem with authy.
i only use it on one device though
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October 16, 2017, 02:49:23 PM
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I've used both, but I prefer Google Authenticator. Just don't make the same mistake I did. I thought that like other Google products, it would be backed up if I did a factory reset on my phone - that is not the case. If you don't have the backup code for a website or exchange written down somewhere, you're more or less screwed unless you can get the support team to remove it from your account. This usually results in your account being locked for some arbitrary time frame.

Moral of the story - write down those codes and keep them safe!

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October 16, 2017, 03:04:21 PM
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I am using Google Authentificator myself. It's a trusted one and secured!
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October 16, 2017, 05:56:44 PM
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I've used both, but I prefer Google Authenticator. Just don't make the same mistake I did. I thought that like other Google products, it would be backed up if I did a factory reset on my phone - that is not the case. If you don't have the backup code for a website or exchange written down somewhere, you're more or less screwed unless you can get the support team to remove it from your account. This usually results in your account being locked for some arbitrary time frame.

Moral of the story - write down those codes and keep them safe!

I didn't realise that myself.  Thanks for the headsup as I think it would have caught me out.

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October 17, 2017, 12:13:32 AM
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What about issues related to changing devices. I'm a field worker, sometimes I have to switch devices when one runs out of battery.

I use Authy on several devices (smartphones and tablet). That apps allow you to connect it to several devices through mobile number account. As long as you use the same mobile number, Authy on all devices should be synchronized.

It works great. So stable, I never had any issue with it. The downside of it is maybe it posses some security risks as your (encrypted) data is stored on Authy server. It may be seen as a downside and upside. The upside is you can easily restore the backup if you lost your phone.
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October 17, 2017, 01:06:42 AM
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I have tried the two and my personal preference also goes to Google Authenticator. Never had a problem with none of them thouh, but I like GA a bit more. Try them both and find for yourself I would say and like mentioned above backup all the codes so you don't have any trouble later if you got any problems with your smartphone. 




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October 17, 2017, 02:42:39 AM
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I'm just using google auth
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