What you need to know
- Google Authenticator can now require Face ID or Touch ID authentication before displaying 2FA codes.
- The new feature is part of version 3.2.0 that's in the App Store now.
A newly released update to the popular Google Authenticator brings support for the requirement for Face ID or Touch ID before the app will display any two-factor authentication codes.
The update brings with it the ability to search for accounts and transfer multiple accounts to another device, but it's the addition of a new Privacy Screen that's the most important here. Before, anyone with access to your iPhone or iPad could access your two-factor authentication codes. Now, you can have the app require biometric authentication first.
The full list of additions reads:
- Added the ability to transfer many accounts to a different device
- Added the ability of search for accounts
- Added the ability to turn on Privacy Screen
Two-factor authentication codes add an extra layer of protection to your online accounts because it means people need a unique code as well as your username and password to access them. They're a vital part of making sure your accounts are locked down and all good online services make use of them. Apps like 1Password and Authy already offer similar code-providing features, so Google Authenticator isn't your only option here. Just avoid using SMS wherever possible so you can stay clear of potential SIM swap issues.
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