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Instagram two-factor authentication app support is now live

Monday, October 8th, 2018

Securing your account logins with two-factor authentication (2FA) is a very healthy online habit to get into, but it can be annoying when services decide to only send the codes via SMS. An authentication app isn't only more convenient, it's also safer because regular messages could still be intercepted or forwarded. For a while now, Instagram was one of very few accounts I use that only supported 2FA via SMS, but proper authentication app support was promised recently, and now it appears to be rolling out.

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Instagram two-factor authentication app support is now live was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Yubico launches new YubiKey 5 Series 2FA keys, supports passwordless FIDO2 and NFC

Monday, September 24th, 2018

Yubico, one of the more well-known names in two-factor hardware security keys, has just revealed its new YubiKey 5 Series: four new keys that all support FIDO2, and a big USB-A model that does NFC. The new keys look almost exactly like their counterparts in the old YubiKey 4 Series, with the same durable designs for both USB-A and USB-C keys.

Two-factor hardware security keys used to be the purview of system administrators and high-value account executives, but they're rapidly becoming more common at the consumer level.

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Yubico launches new YubiKey 5 Series 2FA keys, supports passwordless FIDO2 and NFC was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Titan Security Key review: A $50 hardware 2FA bundle with outdated connectors

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

Those of us that care about our online security probably use some form of two-factor authentication to secure our most important accounts, but even the strongest password and the longest authentication code are still subject to something as simple as a phishing attack, which is why so many have switched to hardware security keys. Google helped to create the Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) hardware authentication standard, and now it's releasing its own product to consumers: the $50 Titan Security Key.

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Google Titan Security Key review: A $50 hardware 2FA bundle with outdated connectors was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Instagram is finally rolling out support for two-factor authentication apps

Tuesday, August 28th, 2018

With a billion monthly active users and immense cultural influence, it's surprising that Instagram is only now rolling out a fairly standard modern security feature: support for two-factor authentication apps. Still, following the better-late-than-never mentality, the the roughly eight-year-old social platform announced the feature is now rolling out, giving its users a better way to secure their logins. Along with this much-anticipated change come new public info pages about large Instagram accounts, and an easily accessible verification request form.

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Instagram is finally rolling out support for two-factor authentication apps was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google’s 89,000+ employees have had zero phishing incidents since switching to hardware security keys in 2017

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

Phishing attacks are deceptively successful against less experienced users, but even those that consider themselves reasonably technical can occasionally fall prey to the simple approach. According to a recent report by Krebs on Security, Google and its employees aren't among the 76% of businesses that have been victims of phishing attacks in the last year. In fact, not one of the company's employees work accounts been successfully phished since 2017, thanks to hardware 2FA security keys.

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Google’s 89,000+ employees have had zero phishing incidents since switching to hardware security keys in 2017 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Messages 3.2 adds 2FA code copy shortcuts [APK Download]

Friday, May 11th, 2018

Two-factor authentication is a great way to make your accounts more secure, but using SMS messages for the codes is a bit of a hassle: request code, switch apps, copy code, switch apps, paste code (or read and remember the code, but what is this, the 1840s?). Android Messages has a new trick that makes the process a little easier: it now parses 2FA codes from texts and presents the option to copy them with a single tap.

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Android Messages 3.2 adds 2FA code copy shortcuts [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

G Suite admins can now adjust web session durations, force 2FA prompts for every login

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

By default, G Suite web sessions are automatically signed out of after two weeks. But to better tailor to each company, Google is now allowing G Suite admins to specify a more precise session length from a dropdown list. Additionally, admins can also now force two-factor authentication prompts to pop up on every sign-in for better security.

Admins can now select durations from as little as one hour all the way to infinite (no automatic sign-outs).

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G Suite admins can now adjust web session durations, force 2FA prompts for every login was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile reveal details about ‘next-generation’ two-factor authentication

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

It has been proven time and time again that using SMS for two-factor authentication isn't very secure. While it's certainly better than having no 2FA at all, working around it only takes someone fooling a carrier into sending them a SIM card meant for you. Likely due to so many of these accidents occurring, all major US carriers began working to improve mobile 2FA last year.

The 'Mobile Authentication Taskforce' today revealed details about the upcoming platform.

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AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile reveal details about 'next-generation' two-factor authentication was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Now in stable] Authy adds fingerprint support for app protection in latest beta

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

The internet is a dangerous place, and two-factor authentication (2FA) is one of the best ways to keep your accounts secure. It's a real pain to manage, though. Authy makes 2FA slightly less annoying, and it's getting a long-awaited feature today in the beta. You can now secure the app with a fingerprint.

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[Update: Now in stable] Authy adds fingerprint support for app protection in latest beta was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

LastPass’ 2FA Authenticator app found to be partially insecure, fix incoming

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

A few days back it was revealed by a security researcher in a post on Medium that the LastPass Authenticator app for 2FA key generation wasn't entirely secure. Access to the keys was ostensibly secured by a PIN/fingerprint, but a workaround was found that allows anyone with the ability to launch an activity on the device, including other installed applications, to access those codes. LastPass has fixed this problem in an update today.

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LastPass' 2FA Authenticator app found to be partially insecure, fix incoming was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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