GOOGLE has a handy app that can instantly upgrade your security.
It’s available on both iPhone and Android – and is totally free.
The Google Authenticator is a great addition to your app arsenal.
It’s designed to replace SMS texts for your two-factor authentication.
So when you sign up or log in to a website, it’s the Google Authenticator that validates a login – rather than a text.
This is especially handy in recent times now that Twitter is charging users for SMS authentication.
But app authenticators are generally considered to be safer than SMS.
And they’re also more versatile, as they’re not dependent on you being able to receive a text.
Authenticators are an essential security tool.
They give your online accounts an extra layer of protection.
Even if a cyber-criminal knows your password, two-factor authentication can stop them from being able to log in to your account.
It’s common to receive two-factor authentication codes via SMS.
But an app like the Google Authenticator (tied to your Google Account) can also generate these codes.
The app simply generates a new code every 30 seconds.
And the codes are generated from a “seed”, so they’re not random – even if they seem that way.
It means that even if you can’t get an SMS, you could still use an authenticator code.
Set up Google Authenticator
Getting set up on Google Authenticator is easy.
Simply download the app on the Apple App Store for iOS on iPhone, or for the Google Play Store on Android.
Then you can use it in place of SMS for two-factor authentication.
You’ll usually be offered a QR code or authentication key when signing up to services.
And then you can simply input this into Google Authenticator to begin the process.
Then whenever you need to log in, simply check the app.
It’s an extremely simple way to upgrade your iPhone or Android with powerful security.