With all the hoopla surrounding the controversy that is Apple’s battle against the FBI over encryption, it has become more imperative that you keep your data safe from prying eyes and fingers. To that end, the popular password management company LastPass has released a new app called LastPass Authenticator, thereby helping you log in more securely to your accounts.
Similar to Google Authenticator and 1Password, LastPass Authenticator is built around the idea of streamlining the otherwise cumbersome process of two-factor authentication, which adds a layer of security to logins by requiring a separate verification component in addition to the usual username and password combination.
The first “factor” is typically a username and password that the user enters. The second factor is typically something the user has (like a generated code), something the user is (like a fingerprint), or even somewhere the user is. Requiring both is what adds additional security to an account. Even if the password for an account is compromised, an attacker would be thwarted in their attempt to access that account without the additional login data.- LastPass, explaining two-factor authentication
To get started with LastPass Authenticator, you have to activate it with your LastPass account. On your computer, log in to LastPass and open your vault, go to Account Settings, select Multifactor Options, click the edit button for LastPass Authenticator, follow the prompts, and then scan the barcode displayed on the screen using the LastPass Authenticator app. After setting your preferences and saving your account changes, the app and your LastPass account will be automatically paired.
When you next log in to your LastPass account or your account with another supported service, open LastPass Authenticator to get a 6-digit, 30-second code, or send your authorized mobile device an SMS code that you can enter into the login prompt. With your LastPass account, you can also use the app to approve or deny the authentication request via the automated push notification.
LastPass Authenticator is TOTP compliant, meaning you can also manage two-factor authentication for apps, sites, and services that support Google Authenticator, including Facebook, Dropbox, Evernote, WordPress, and more.
Learn more about and download Google Authenticator
Push notifications are available for logging in to LastPass accounts only.
Optimized for iPhone and iPod touch running iOS 9.0 or later, LastPass Authenticator is available now on the App Store for free.
LastPass Authenticator makes it easy to implement two-factor authentication for your accounts with LastPass and other services. Consequently, you’ll be encouraged to continually carry out a key practice toward the optimal protection of your data, in conjunction with the main LastPass service itself.
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