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Editors' Review

by   / May 19, 2014

Authy for Android makes it easy to manage your Two-Factor Authentication (TFA) accounts, including Google, Facebook, PayPal, Dropbox, and dozens more. Have you ever entered a log-in ID and password and then answered a verification email? That's two-step verification, aka TFA. Setting up and verifying Authy takes a few mores steps than the typical Andorid app, and a few more to add each account, but it's worth the effort when you can access your apps and accounts by tapping tokens in the sidebar.

Pros

Secure backups: We could enable password-protected encrypted account backups in Authy's settings. It makes it easy to protect and recover your data if your phone is lost or stolen.

QR codes: Authy lets you quickly and easily add accounts that use Google Authenticator (Gmail, Facebook, Dropbox, etc.) by scanning the QR code, tapping it in manually, or zxing (via Barcode Scanner).

Help and documentation: Authy has excellent help resources and documentation. For example, to add your Facebook account, tap "How to add Facebook Accounts" and follow the step-by-step instructions.

Cons

Lots of steps: It can take many steps to enable two-step verification in apps like Dropbox, including entering your cell phone number and entering security codes. Of course, once you've set up your accounts and apps, Authy makes it easy to access them.

Mighty pen:Adding accounts often involves writing down and storing generated security codes. Hackers can't access a piece of paper, but it seems oddly anachronistic in the Android Age!

Bottom Line

Authy not only makes it easy to access your TFA accounts and apps but also keeps you safe and your device secure with up-to-date verification codes and protocols. Authy takes more effort than some apps to set up, but the results are worth it.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 17.2

Fix an issue with the back button on Android 2.3.7

General

Publisher Authy
Publisher web site http://authy.com/
Release Date April 15, 2014
Date Added April 15, 2014
Version 17.2

Category

Category Security Software
Subcategory Password Managers

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Android
Additional Requirements Requires Android 2.2 and up

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File Name External File

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Total Downloads 484
Downloads Last Week 1

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License Model Free
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Price Free
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