Security-minded individuals looking to simplify their two-factor authentication logins may want to take a look at LastPass’s new app today, LastPass Authenticator. The iOS App Store currently has a few different apps that can already handle two-factor authentication logins, like Google Authenticator and 1Password. Most of them come with the minor annoyance that once the app is launched, a user has to find the site’s login, and then type the OTP into the site before it expires. LastPass Authenticator looks to improve that experience by allowing users to quickly approve the new login requests directly from their devices.
Two-factor authentication takes regular password logins a step further into being more secure. Instead of just relying on a username and password, two-factor authentication usually requires at least one additional verification before allowing a user to log in. This maintains that even while a user’s credentials may be stolen, unless the second piece of the authentication puzzle is present, malicious attackers and intruders cannot simply get in.
With LastPass Authenticator, users will receive push notifications when attempting to login to sites that require two-factor authentication. From there, they will be able to quickly launch the app and allow the login request to go through. This removes the need of having to write down the OTP password within a set amount of time. LastPass also provides a few other reasons why someone would use Authenticator versus competing apps:
Why LastPass Authenticator? Here’s just a few of the reasons we think you’ll love our new app:
Enjoy a better experience: LastPass Authenticator offers user-friendly, secure two-factor authentication with simple set-up and one-tap login to LastPass.
You choose how to login: The app supports 6-digit generated passcodes, SMS codes, and automated push notifications that let you approve or deny a login in one tap.
Use it with more than LastPass: Enable LastPass Authenticator anywhere Google Authenticator is supported.
Leverage what you already have: You always have your smartphone with you, so there’s no need to keep track of extra devices.
Add more security: Protect from man-in-the-middle attacks by utilizing a different channel than your primary authentication (where your username and password are submitted).