Security is an important and strong word, not only when it comes to securing your house or your family, but also your passwords, email accounts, social networks etc. One common method in securing your accounts on the internet is to create a strong password which is hard to hack, however even more secure are your accounts with a security feature called two-step authentication. All major platforms like Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter and so on, are supporting this feature and it is recommended for everyone to use that.
If you have enabled two-step authentication, you will be prompt to enter a code after you have typed in your password. This code is always a different one and gets randomly generated. Now you can get these codes via text messages which can be very annoying since your inbox in the messaging app will then be full of messages with such codes. Another way to use this security feature would be an Authenticator app.
Such an app can be used on all major smartphone operating system, even Windows Mobile does have such an app. There the app is developed by Microsoft and while the current app is working fine, Microsoft Is currently working on releasing a completely new Authenticator app.
The app has not been released by Microsoft yet and there is a good reason for that. Currently it is only possible to add a Microsoft Account to the new Authenticator app, of course the company will support all other platforms in the final version of the app. Though the app gives you a nice look in which direction the company is heading to with the app and if use two-step verification only for your Microsoft account it is perfect already.
Here is the description of the app which Microsoft has added in the Windows Store. Once again Microsoft is saying here that this is just a beta of the app, and that it is intended for internal use. Well that did obviously not go quite well, but it is great to be able to get an early look at the app:
This is a Beta version of the Authenticator app and is only intended for internal testing purposes.
The first step towards a world without passwords! After a quick Bluetooth sync, use this app to unlock your Windows 10 computer at work. Just open the app and tap on a nearby computer.
Note: This app is still in beta. Future versions will include support for Microsoft account, a sign-in solution for browsers and VPN, one-time passcode generation, and MFA approval through notifications.
Feel free to drop me a comment below with your opinion on the new Authenticator app by Microsoft. Stay tuned for more Microsoft related news in the future.
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