Microsoft Authenticator uses a similar layout where logos are synced making it easy to find 2FA codes of respective services. Authy uses a colorful layout where it is easy to find your 2FA codes since each entry uses logo of the respective service. Google Authenticator never syncs them, and thereby makes it hard to find a 2FA code in a sea of text and numbers.
Although passwords remain the predominant method of authenticating users, they are highly susceptible to hacking. Password management tools help individuals avoid ‘password fatigue’ while also adding an extra layer of protection. Microsoft Authenticator uses encrypted messaging to generate a secure code that allows individuals to access their personal accounts, using their smartphone as an authentication device. Before you mark a user as “2FA enabled” make sure they complete at least one successful verification with their new authenticator app setup.
You will need a Microsoft account for taking a backup of your 2FA codes. This is a very useful app for two-factor authentication. It’s as intuitive as possible and I’ve never had any issues with it. This app will not send push notifications to approve. I’ve gotten only it twice to send ever since I switched phones. It did work on my old iPhone but now even the 2 times I did get a push notification, it still didn’t let access my email.
Microsoft Authenticator doesn’t give you the option to change the email. It only allows you to change the name of the account that is displayed on the screen. This feature is not used frequently, but if you ever have a need to change the email for your account it will come handy. I had to use this feature only once and it helped because I didn’t have to remove the account add it back again by scanning the barcode.
In order to complete the self-enrollment process you will need Smart Phone that supports modern authentication. For those who do not own a smart phone or mobile device, please contact the Service Desk for assistance with your 2FA enrollment. setting up the Authenticator app on a new phone or mobile device. Phishing campaigns are increasing in frequency and sophistication, and many result in staff and faculty unwittingly providing their passwords to scammers. By requiring a second factor to authenticate from untrusted machines, the likelihood of illegitimate access to your account is significantly reduced. On your phone, click the “Approve” message in the authenticator app.