Question about Google Authenticator

Discussion in 'Smart Phones and Devices' started by WarriorX, Jun 22, 2019.

  1. WarriorX

    WarriorX [H]ard|Gawd

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    I have a few other sites/services that use google authenticator. I was wondering that if I get a new phone when I re add the authenticator app will other sites I use transfer as well and appear on the list? Tried googling this answer but nothing I could find seemed to answer the question.
     
  2. mnewxcv

    mnewxcv [H]ardness Supreme

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    You need to redo everything.
     
  3. WarriorX

    WarriorX [H]ard|Gawd

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    Thanks for the answer.

    Anybody that uses 2FA, whats your backup plan so you can restore your access to your services if something happens. I have the backup codes that some sites offer but not all do... (aka Humble Bundle).
     
  4. mnewxcv

    mnewxcv [H]ardness Supreme

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    how can a site offer 2fa with authenticator without backup codes? Pretty sure all of mine do.
     
  5. mvmiller12

    mvmiller12 Gawd

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    What I have done in the past when I needed to switch phones, was while I still had the old phone operational and in my possession:

    Log into each site using the authenticator and turn 2FA off.

    Put the sim card an in the new phone and load up authenticator and re-enable 2FA again for each site.
     
  6. antok86

    antok86 [H]ardness Supreme

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    This is what I have been doing
     
  7. ChronoReverse

    ChronoReverse Gawd

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    This is why I use Authy now and migrated everything over. This way if I go to a new phone, I don't need to re-setup everything.
     
  8. WarriorX

    WarriorX [H]ard|Gawd

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    The list of sites that don't is small, the only one I know of is Humble Bundle. Couldn't find the option anywhere. I recently removed 2FA from the site because of it.
     
  9. CHANG3D

    CHANG3D [H]ardness Supreme

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    I use LastPass Authenticator. It's like Authy. Your 2FA codes migrate with your LastPass account.
     
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  10. mnewxcv

    mnewxcv [H]ardness Supreme

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    But isn't that less secure?
     
  11. CHANG3D

    CHANG3D [H]ardness Supreme

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    To log into the lastpass authenticator on a new device, you'll need your old device or a security code will be sent to your backup device (most likely an SMS to the phone number attached to your account). So if hackers not only have your lastpass password but also your phone, you're fubarred regardless.
     
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  12. mnewxcv

    mnewxcv [H]ardness Supreme

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    I mean I'm sure that's plenty secure for what I need, just less secure than Google authenticator.
     
  13. FrgMstr

    FrgMstr Just Plain Mean Staff Member

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    Yep, turn it off or get a code before you roll over to a new phone. Will save you a LOT of time in the end. Easier to just turn 2FA off.
     
  14. Vermillion

    Vermillion 2[H]4U

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    Much less secure since you're relying on a 3rd party to protect your 2FA information. Screw that.

    I take my QR codes and print them when I first generate them. No labels or anything. It's just a folder in my lockbox. New phone I just pull out the file and scan all the codes.
     
  15. mnewxcv

    mnewxcv [H]ardness Supreme

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    you know what they say about having that stuff physical, and lock boxes can be broken. I think we can all agree the best practice is to memorize the QR codes and then draw them out when you get a new phone.




    :D
     
  16. illram

    illram [H]ard|Gawd

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    I thought you could move it over to a new phone by logging into your Google account on a computer? Does that not switch over all the authenticator codes to the new device?