Are you also the one who hesitates to use Google Authenticator App because it restricts to one device only? Then you will be happy to know that Google has rolled out a significant update to its 12 years old Google Authenticator App with the feature of synchronization with the cloud, allowing users to back up their time-based one-time password codes to the cloud. The update is available for both Android and IOS devices.
Google Authenticator Cloud Sync
Now users don’t have to hesitate if they think they will only stick to one device. Most users want to use 2FA apps because of added security, but it has a significant drawback if someone has mistakenly lost or deleted the 2FA app of Google or lost their phone having the 2FA app. It becomes impossible to log in to accounts which are having 2FA enable. Thus users lose access to those accounts permanently.
But yesterday, google added a new feature in their latest version that users can enable sync, which is optional, and thus easily switch their phones without the fear of losing 2FA access. It’s up to users whether they want to enable this Google sync. The company has also highlighted that one thing to remember before enabling this new cloud sync feature is that anyone with access to your Google account can also use your other accounts with 2FA enabled.
Google announced this new cloud sync feature of the Google Authenticator App days after Proton – a Swiss privacy-focused company that surpassed 100 mn active users last week, announced its end-to-end password managing solution, Proton Pass.