Apps like Google Authenticator help you generate 2FA codes that act as another layer of protection for your online accounts. This means that in addition to your password, you will get a one-time generated code that verifies who you say you are, so in the event that your password is stolen, hackers still can’t get into your account.
However, what if the hackers got their hands on your phone? If you use Google Authenticator, you might be pleased to learn that the latest update to the iOS app now includes support for both Face ID and Touch ID. This means that if you want, you can set it so that only after you’ve been authenticated on your phone either via facial or fingerprint recognition, only then will the 2FA codes be shown to you.
Users can also now set how long they want this protection to last. For example, they will have the choice of either requiring authentication every time you want the codes, or every 10 seconds, 1 minute, or 10 minutes. The idea is that if you’re going to need to use the app in multiple successions, not having to authenticate yourself each and every time could be a time-saver.
The latest version of Google Authenticator should already be live so if you haven’t done so, you should update it. Updating the app will bring it up to version 3.2.0 so if you already are running that version then you should be all caught up.