LastPass Authenticator for iOS Launches For Easier Sign-Ins
If you’re a LastPass user, the company has launched LastPass Authenticator for iOS, which makes it easier for you to sign into your two-factor protected account, but also acts as a hub for your other Google Authenticator accounts.
Two-factor security means to login to an account, it will require your normal username and password, but also a second layer of security, usually a 6-digit code sent by text or from a token generator. This means if your username or password is compromised, two-factor protects you still, as both details are required for logins. Users currently can setup 2-factor for their Apple ID, Google Account, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
As shown in the video below, the app makes signing into a two-factor protected LastPass web account easier, as the Authenticator app allows one-tap access (it essentially enters the 6-digit token for you):
For your other Google Authenticator protected accounts (such as Dropbox or Facebook), you’ll still need to enter in 6-digit codes manually.
This app is nothing new for 1Password users, as you already know the app added built-in TOTP keys support a year ago for Pro users, which eliminated the need for separate 2-factor token generators such as Google Authenticator.
1Password’s baked-in solution—visible within login views—is superior to using Google Authenticator for iOS, as we always dealt with accounts being deleted whenever we restored our iPhone from a backup. Here’s how to setup your one-time passwords within 1Password.
Update: LastPass says if you get a new phone, you’ll need to re-enter in your 2FA accounts again, as explained in the blog post comments (this is not the case with 1Password’s built-in solution):
That’s not currently a feature — while LastPass could do it we’ve been hesitant to store that information as it’s subverting the second factor.
As for LastPass users, click here to download the new Authenticator app from the App Store.