Since day one, security and privacy were two of the most important items we committed to while developing PhraseApp. Today we’re happy to finally announce multi-factor-authentication for all user accounts.
Why Should I Care?
To use multi-factor-authentication you need an app called
Google Authenticatorwhich is totally free and available for iOS and Android.
Authenticator generates time-dependent access tokens that expire within 30 seconds. Whenever your password should leak, an intruder cannot simply use it to access your account, but now must enter this token from the authenticator app (or multi-factor device).
Since the a potential intruder now needs to gain physical access to your mobile device in addition to your well-chosen password, this makes accessing your account illegitimately considerably more difficult.
How Does Multi-Factor Authentication Work?
Google Authenticator generates tokens using a time-dependent algorithm. The app is configured using a token provided by our service or by scanning a QR-code, in order for our servers to be able to validate the authentication tokens.
How Do I Activate Multi-Factor-Authentication?
Enabling multi-factor-authentication for your account is easy. Just visit your user profile settings and click the button “Enable multi-factor-authentication”. A small guide will walk you through the process and explain all the necessary steps, such as downloading the authenticator app, adding a new service and scanning the shown QR-code.
Once you have activated multi-factor-authentication using the Google Authenticator app, you will receive a download link for a selection of personal recovery codes. We strongly recommend that you download and store the recovery codes at a secure location for later use in case you should lose your mobile phone.
Questions? Contact our support team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Google Authenticator for iOS
- Google Authenticator for Android
- Multi-factor Authentication on Wikipedia
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