Is Google Authenticator Safe? How to Avoid Major Headaches

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    Google Authenticator has become the standard for keeping your accounts secure. But what if your phone breaks or gets stolen?

    This guy lost all of his 2FA accounts when his phone went on the fritz. Turns out Google in particular does not make it easy to get back on track if this happens. If you install Google Authenticator on a new secondary device, your existing 2FA keys will not be copied over.

    Fortunately, there are a couple of simple things you can do to avoid the headache he went through:

    • Use Authy instead. Authy works anywhere Authenticator is accepted and allows you to have multiple installations of its app on as many phones and PCs as you like.

    • If you’d prefer to use Authenticator, you can print out the backup codes that exchanges give you when you first enable 2FA. The backup code can always be used if something happens to your phone. If you already enabled 2FA without writing down the backup code, just disable and re-enable it to get the code.
      Google Authenticator can also break down if you move across different time zones or if your phone’s time gets out of sync. Here’s what to do if your 2FA codes suddenly stop working.

    If you have tips on how to stay secure in the crypto world, let us know!

  • As technology advances, privacy settings and account reinstating become bigger issues.

  • Authy is a cute name. Easy to remember too.

  • People tend to focus on the intrinsic security and forget about the manual part.

  • It's good that Google doesn't make it easy.

  • @harrypotter There's good and bad to that.

  • @bell Absolutely. I get pretty fickle with the pros and the cons.

  • @harrypotter Haha. So it depends on the situation? Must be really irritating when the pros become the cons.






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