Google finally fixed the worst thing about its Authenticator app

By Stan Schroeder2020-05-08 07:30:30 UTC

If you wish to defend your information from hackers, you need to positively use two-factor authentication, and Google Authenticator is a straightforward, logical selection. And now, it lastly bought a function that makes it straightforward to maneuver its information from one telephone to a different.
In case you’re not acquainted with Authenticator, it is a cell app to offers a secondary, ever-changing code you should use, alongside together with your password, to get into your on-line accounts reminiscent of Fb, Gmail and Twitter. This manner, even when a hacker someway will get a maintain of your password (and it occurs on a regular basis), they cannot get in with out the code generated by the Authenticator.
However the Authenticator has pushed me loopy over time because it was unattainable to switch its information to a different telephone. This meant that, whenever you swap to a brand new telephone, you needed to undergo a painful technique of re-adding particular person accounts to the freshly put in Authenticator. I modify telephones lots and this was an immense ache within the butt. 
Now, Google has up to date the Authenticator with the flexibility to switch all of its information to a brand new telephone. The method is easy and it boils down to picking an account and scanning a QR code in your outdated telephone. 

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In a weblog put up, Google identified that in this switch, no information is distributed to Google’s servers. Additionally, when the switch operate is used, Google will alert the consumer and add an occasion to the app log, to forestall unauthorized use. 

Android Police additionally factors out that the app was visually improved to look higher on telephones with numerous resolutions, and a brand new, blacker model of the darkish theme was added. 
Sadly, the brand new function is at the moment solely obtainable for Android; there is no phrase on when it is coming to iOS. 
You will get Google Authenticator on Google Play and on Apple’s App Retailer.