Google Authenticator

Google Authenticator

Editors' Rating:
3
Good
Average User Rating:
5.0
out of 1 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
2.1.0
File Size:
1.55MB
Date Added:
October 12, 2013
Price:
Free; iTunes account required.
Operating Systems:
iOS
Total Downloads:
1,256
Downloads Last Week:
6
Additional Requirements:
Compatible with iPod Touch (3rd generation or later, iPhone 3Gs, iPhone 4, iPad. iTunes account required.

Editors' Note: The download button opens the iTunes App Store, where you may continue the download process. You must have iTunes installed with an active iTunes account in order to download and install the software. This download may not be available in some countries.

Editors' review

Google Authenticator allows you to add a second layer of protection beyond your password, and while the app is a little dated and provides few cues for how to set it up, it works well for what it promises. There are some requirements for use, of course, including that you turn on Google 2-step verification. The setup process alone can be rather cumbersome, but once it is working, we experienced no additional issues.

Initial installation of the app takes some time because you'll need to turn on 2-step verification, set up your security tokens, and verify that it is working properly. Once this is done, however, Google's app provides an easier-to-use solution than some other verification methods. Because the standard 2-step verification requires that you have a network connection to receive a text message, this tool is better, allowing it to work over Wi-Fi when your connection is inactive. It also allows you to change your security tokens based on time or counters, and there is a QR setup mode that works well. Additionally, because you can enter multiple accounts at once, it is easier to activate 2-step verification on more than one account than it would be on your computer.

If you can look past the complicated setup, and the potential issues that seem to arise whenever there is an iOS update, Google Authenticator works quite well as a security device for your Google accounts. There are issues, of course, but when properly installed, maintained, and updated, it works as intended and is a bit easier than managing all of this via text message.

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