Google Authenticator is the most popular app when it comes to two-step verification of online accounts, but it lacks a lot of powerful features that can be found in other apps. If Google Authenticator is not your cup of tea, there are many equivalent apps that can give you greater amounts of functionality and control.
In this article we will take a look at five alternatives to Google’s offering for enabling two-factor authentication for your online accounts.
Authy is the best alternative to Google authenticator. Aside from its excellent Android offering, Authy also provides a Chrome app and browser extensions so you can easily gain access to accounts no matter what device you’re on.
In addition, Authy also offers cloud backup which simply encrypts your information and stores it in the cloud. Passcode protection is also included in the package, so nobody can access your codes even if they are in possession of your device.
2. Duo Mobile
Duo mobile is another app that makes it easy to authenticate login requests on your online accounts. It offers a neat feature called “Duo push” which simply allows you to receive login requests on your phone and make a single tap to authenticate it. If you receive a request that you aren’t expecting, you can also deny the request and report it as fraudulent. In addition, you can deny a request without marking it as fraudulent.
Duo also supports fingerprint verification for users running Android Lollipop and later. If you don’t have a fingerprint reader, you can also authenticate your accounts using passcodes which are generated for you even without an Internet connection. The only possible downside to using this app is that there is no way to back up and restore your accounts securely at this time.
SAASPASS is a lesser known option with adequate two-factor authentication features that makes it a viable alternative to Google Authenticator. It provides out-of-the-box support for many of the most popular cloud services and applications such as Google Apps, Office 365, Amazon Web Services and many more. You can also add other online accounts using its built-in barcode scanner.
The app also supports authentication using Bluetooth proximity but only for Mac users with Android devices that support Bluetooth Low Energy. Unlike Duo Mobile, you can set up SMS recovery using your mobile number so that you can always transfer your accounts to a new device.
4. Lastpass Authenticator
If you use Lastpass to manage your passwords, you may want to check out its authenticator offering which protects your Lastpass account by generating passcodes for authenticating your logins or sending you push notifications for one-tap approval. This prevents access to your account even if your password is compromised.
Even if you do not use Lastpass, you can still use its authenticator app to secure any other online service that supports Google Authenticator or TOTP-based two-factor authentication. All you need to do is scan the QR code or enter the secret key provided by the service to add the account to Lastpass Authenticator.
5. Microsoft Authenticator
Microsoft rolled out its new authenticator app only recently, so it doesn’t have a lot of options at the moment. For what it does, the app works well enough. You can add your Microsoft account out of the box or any other account that supports two-factor authentication using its built-in QR code scanner.
It is worth trying out each of these apps one after the other to see which works for you. Personally, I use Authy, and that is what I would recommend, but you might have a different taste. Either way, do let us know what you eventually settle on in the comments.