The Best Two-Factor Authentication(2FA) Apps in 2020



Online thefts, phishing and similar activities have skyrocketed in the last few years. For organizations, the most important aspect of controlling these activities in to invest in a robust and powerful security tool or platform. Some sort of a security key that protects your data stored online or even in your hardware.


Many companies choose to go with a two-factor authentication method that makes it difficult to hack into your account. Combining it with a Fido U2F Security Key makes your two-way authenticator even more formidable, giving it an added layer of security. The entire process can be enabled from the convenience of a mobile app.

There are several great options to select from in 2020. Here are your top choices for the year:


1. Google Authenticator

If you are using an Android device, understandably you have a Google account too. The company also offers for free its two-factor authentication app, Google Authenticator as a part of its array of Google products.


Using a Time-based One-time Password Algorithm (TOTP) and HMAC-based One-time Password Algorithm (HOTP), the mechanism works with the generation of 2 step verification codes on the user’s phone. Plus, it even works if you do not have access to a internet connectivity which is a definitely bonus in terms of security.

It can work across the user’s existing Google accounts and providers and even supports Android Wear.


2. Microsoft Authenticator

For Microsoft, the next area to conquer are utilities. The Microsoft Authenticator app is a result of these efforts. A free to use platform, it is quickly gaining ground as a strong two-factor authenticator mobile app in the market today.


Offering similar functionalities like the 2FA app, your trustworthy Microsoft tool comes in with a simple sign-in protocol and acts as your handy password manager. The app supports multi factor authentication (MFA) providing a secondary layer of protection after you have typed in the password.

You may add multiple accounts to your app, including non-Microsoft accounts like Amazon, Dropbox, Facebook, LinkedIn and works best with the Microsoft ecosystem.


3. GoTrust ID

If you are on the lookout for an all-in-one integrated security solution that is also compliant with Fido Standard Security Key, then you are better off with GoTrust ID that provides a strong and secure two-factor phone authenticator platform via its Smart Badge Authenticator. Not only does the tool masterfully manages user identities across all verticals of the company but also functions as protected repository enabling password-less logins into web services and hardware devices.

Forget about one-time passwords as the general security protocol with GoTrust ID. With a 2FA single sign-in system, the platform is compatible with Microsoft AD and Azure AD environments and supports both Windows Hello and Mac Computer logins.


Takeaways


The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recommends the usage of two-factor authentication to combat basic phishing attempts online. Be it social media browsing, shopping or something as confidential as online banking, the two-factor authentication mechanism secures your account and makes it so much more difficult for anyone unauthorized to get into the.

GoTrustID Inc. (GoTrust) is a world leader in password-free user identity from the phone and the computer to the cloud.

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