Where do I get Google Authentictor?

Created by Evan Dembskey, Modified on Thu, 01 Feb 2024 at 09:04 AM by Evan Dembskey

Google Authenticator is a software-based authentication tool that provides a two-factor authentication (2FA) service for users looking to add an additional layer of security to their online accounts beyond just a password. It is available as a mobile app for both iOS and Android devices.

For Phones (iOS and Android):

1. Download the Google Authenticator App:

   - iOS (iPhone/iPad): Open the App Store, search for "Google Authenticator," and download the app.

   - Android: Open the Google Play Store, search for "Google Authenticator," and install the app.

2. Set Up an Account in Google Authenticator:

   - Open the Google Authenticator app on your phone.

   - Tap on "Begin" or "Set up account" from the welcome screen.

   - Choose "Scan a barcode" if you can scan a QR code provided by the service you're securing (most common method), or choose "Enter a provided key" if you were given a secret key to manually enter.

3. Scan QR Code or Enter Key:

   - If scanning, use your phone's camera to scan the QR code provided by the service (e.g., Google, Facebook, etc.) during the setup of 2FA.

   - If entering a key, type in the account name (e.g., your email) and the key provided, then tap "Add."

4. Verification:

   - After adding the account, a six-digit code will appear in the app.

   - Enter this code on the website or service where you're enabling 2FA to verify the setup.

5. Completion:

   - Once verified, the setup is complete. The app will generate a new code every 30 seconds for this account.

Note that browser plugins may also be available, and will work in a similar way. Here is one you can try: https://authenticator.cc

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