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I have questions about using 2fa

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  1. ryrhino

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    Hello,

    I have not yet used 2fa. I do use a password manager. Do you suggest using 2fa? How easy or hard is using 2fa?

    I am looking for suggestions for which 2fa applications or tools I should use for 2fa. What do I need on my desktop pc and on my android phone to use 2fa? Does using 2fa on Android take from data? My plan has unlimited talk and text but not unlimited data. I use Virgin Mobile pay per month. I have a hydro reach phone if that information helps.

    If I decide to use 2fa this is one I am thinking about using https://saaspass.com

    If using 2fa needs a QR code reader which one do you suggest? Not sure if QR code reader is the right name.

    I only want to use free apps and tools.

    Which apps/tools do you use for 2fa?

    Which sites do you suggest using 2fa on? Should I use 2fa on all sites that offer it or only certain sites?

    Any other free options similar to 2fa that would be better to use? If so what?

    Any other tips or suggestions about 2fa please let me know.

    Thanks for your help.
     
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    Thanks for the suggestion. I am only looking for options that are free to use.
     
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    Thanks for that information.

    Seems to me that some user review of those who use/used Google Authenticator want to use a different tool. I do see Google Authenticator recommended on many websites.

    If I decide to start with Google Authenticator and want to use a different tool how hard or easy is it to switch to a different one?
     
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    I have read more information about 2FA apps and found the following. I did not forget about this one.
    https://www.pcworld.com/article/322...thentication-and-which-2fa-apps-are-best.html

    We prefer Authy when it comes to authentication apps—it’s compatible with all sites that use Google Authenticator, but is more powerful and convenient. is from the link below.
    https://www.howtogeek.com/199262/authy-two-factor-authentication-made-easy/

    Also https://www.reddit.com/r/privacytoolsIO/comments/85ih1j/best_2fa_apps_for_android/

    Also https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/5-best-alternatives-google-authenticator/ the reader comment toward the bottom of the page from Miele I found interesting about Authy and Authenticator. Here is part of what was written Authy and GoogleAuth both have the disadvantage that they become very unfiendly to use when you have a huge number of accounts.

    Most articles that I have seen about 2FA apps do recommend using Authy or Google Authenticator or both along with others.

    Which 2FA app for Android do you use? What do you like most and least about it? Why did you decide to use the one you do?

    If someone asked you which 2FA app you would recommend using which one would you tell that person?

    Reminder I want to use only free apps/tools.

    Thanks.
     
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    I use YubiKey whenever possible. It works great with Windows (USB) and on my Android phones (NFC). It's been some time but I have used Google Authenticator.

    As far as the "why" goes, because that's what works best for me. If you like something else, that's totally fine. Doesn't hurt my feelings. <shrug> "To each his own" eh? :)
     
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