‎Microsoft Authenticator on the App Store

Which makes you wonder what the hell is the point in having files saved to iCloud. You can barely call anything, files, 2FA apps, et cetera app thermometer app smartphone et cetera any safer than an old school floppy drive. Authenticator can issue codes for multiple accounts from the same mobile device.

Google Authenticator 6.0 on Android and 4.0 on iOS introduces the option to keep all your verification codes synchronized across all your devices, simply by signing into your Google Account. If you’re signed in to their Google Account within Google Authenticator, your codes will automatically be backed up and restored on any new device you use. If you set up 2-Step Verification, you can use the Google Authenticator app to generate codes. You can still generate codes without internet connection or mobile service.

Google Help for 2-Step Verification

Alternative Authenticators such as Authy and 2FAS prevent this from happening as do banking apps. Is it right that Microsoft is not willing to protect your information beyond relying on Apple’s security. I think they even used the Authenticator against me to have easier access to my account even when I changed the password, I don’t know for sure though.

All I know, is that while using the Authenticator and updating my password multiple times, it still happened to me. I also find it scary how there’s bots trying to constantly hack accounts, and I wish things would be safer online. But that’s what happened, despite keeping it all updated. After reinstalling the App due to changing iPhone best selling digital bbq thermometer with app I initially had no issue. That was however until I needed to 2FA an account only to find only my Microsoft account being listed. Seriously, between this App and Microsoft’s OneDrive, which always dumps my files, which in regards to OneDrive I have become so used to the loss of my files I now have the files updated to a portable drive.

Great App until it Loses Your Backup

The developer, Microsoft Corporation, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy <--more--> policy. We’re always working on new features, bug fixes, and performance improvements. Make sure you stay updated with the latest version for the best authentication experience.

I was very happy with Authenticator until I read about the new wave of phones being stolen after acquiring the iPhone’s passcode such as shoulder surfing. App Lock in settings uses Face ID which is fine, but defaults back to the iPhone passcode if Face ID fails. Worse still is that Authenticator has all your website passwords for any Microsoft account that has been setup in the app. If you have multiple Microsoft accounts the app allows you to switch the account used to sync the passwords without requiring any re-authentication. Most apps that take security serious do not allow this to happen. Instead, they require app specific authentication on Face ID failure.

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