It’s amazing how long Google has dominated the two-step authentication method. Outside of gamers who use multiple methods to protect their online accounts, consumer haven’t had a viable alternative that would really compare with Google’s.
That isn’t to say there aren’t other companies that offer the service, but none have the compatibility and third-party integration that Google offers, though that may change in the near future. Microsoft has finally joined the two-step process, following Apple and Dropbox this year.
The two-step application will be free from the Windows Store, where has been described as:
“The Authenticator app generates security codes you can use to help keep your Microsoft account secure. You can add your Microsoft account to the app by scanning a barcode or by manually entering a secret key. The app implements industry-standard security code generation and may also work with other services and providers”.
With Microsoft itself offering APIs and a new application, Microsoft fans may have another choice when securing third-party applications, emails and games.
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