Version 1.2.0 and One-Time Passwords

Posted by Paulo on August 5, 2016

One important feature that got left out of our initial release was the ability to generate one-time passwords.

A one-time password (OTP) is a password valid for a single use against some sort of authentication mechanism. Nowadays, the most common of these are time-based one-time passwords (TOTP) that are usually a string of numeric characters valid as an authentication token for a brief period of time (usually 30 seconds).

Companies such as Apple, Google, Facebook and Dropbox employ TOTPs as the second factor in the now popular two-factor authentication (2FA). This provides an extra layer of security in case your password gets compromised.

With version 1.2.0 now available on both the Mac and iOS App Stores, you can enable 2FA in the aforementioned sites and generate authentication codes using Secrets on your Mac or Secrets Touch on your iOS device. For many other services that support 2FA head to twofactorauth.org for a handy searchable database.

This new version also includes many bug fixes and enhancements, so please update even if you’re not planing on using one-time passwords.

 

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