LastPass Authenticator is a new mobile application by the makers of LastPass for Google Android, Microsoft Windows and Apple iOS devices to generate 2-factor authentication codes for the software and other programs.
2-Factor authentication is one option to improve the protection of accounts. It has been supported by LastPass for a while but relied mostly on third-party authentication applications and services such as Google Authenticator, YubiKey or Authy to power the functionality.
The release of LastPass Authenticator for Android, Windows Mobile and iOS changes that by introducing a first-party solution that free and premium users of the service can utilize to create 2-factor authentication codes to sign in to the service on the desktop, mobile devices or Web.
Do the following to set up LastPass Authenticator as an option when it comes to the generation of 2-factor authentication codes.
You can check out the help desk article on the LastPass website for additional information about the process.
The authenticator app provides you with the means to approve or deny a log in request with a tap on buttons in the application which means that you don't have to type the code for that.
The authenticator application is as basic as it gets currently. There is for instance no option to protect access using a PIN or password, something that apps like Authy support to improve security.
LastPass Authenticator is compatible with all services supporting Google Authenticator including WordPress, Dropbox, or Facebook among others.
Now You: Do you use 2-factor authentication when available?
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