Maximum security for your Android with Google Authenticator

By on 18:50

Google Authenticator was a security application that already had over 250,000 downloads in Google Play. However, a few days ago Google removed the app and instead launched a new "version", which is actually a new application with the same functionality as before but with several additions and improvements.

The current application is  Google Authenticator and in its list of new features:
  1. New entry for Google Play, the same great app
  2. Improvements in the interface and the ease of use
  3. The options for scanning barcodes and manually add an account have been moved to Menu> Add Account .

What this app does is generate codes for two-step verification on your phone, which can add a measure of safety for your Google Account to access with a code generated by this application and your password.

The problem is that this application is completely disconnected from its predecessor, which means you'll have to install and remove the previous version since this application is authenticator2, while the former was authenticator.

Features :
  • Automatic configuration through a QR code
  • Support for multiple accounts
  • Support for multiple languages

To use this application, you must first enable two-step verification on your Google Account. This requires you to go to the configuration page of your account.

If you install the v2 before v1 uninstall and then run it, you get a dialog box to migrate the tokens and then uninstall the version offered is obsolete. That's fine, but I wonder would it not have been better an update instead of a whole new application? So far I have not found many differences that justiquen.

Here is a video that explains how works Google Authenticator :

Download Google Authenticator

Google Authenticator and can be downloaded from Google Play for free. This application requires Android 2.1 or higher, and so far, after 50 grades, has an average score of 5.0 out of 5.0. Not bad!