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Small question: Can Google Authenticator be used with Gmail? If so, where is the QR Code site or how do I find the settings?

I've searched Google's help pages and the closest I come to my question is their two factor image on the phone screen where you have choices with a "yes, it's me" on the right side of the screen. I searched this site as well, but after a two minute time out, a message: "This site is temporarily unavailable." (????)

Regarding the anticipated  Google prompt message, it does not always work, and multiple requests get bogged down. I have the Authenticator app installed on my phone. When I go to settings under any email account, I see only General actions, reply, view smart features (currently Off) vacation responder, data usage, sync options, download options, images and dynamic email. There is no security category.

Google Authenticator allows me to open the site in advance and time my log in with the request-choosing to wait for the new code cycle, rather than wait for a message that may or may not appear. 

Does the Authenticator offer comparable security as those confirmation messages? Can/should it be used with financial sites?

 

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If you’re referring to the Google app that’s got the grey G logo, and is just called Authenticator, then yes it can be used with Gmail. (I know there’s another app called the Google lock or something, but I don’t know anyone who uses it)

it’s been a while since I added it, but as far as I can tell, you can add it by going to manage Google account > security > 2-step verification.

In 2-step verification, you’ve got a bunch of options which you can add as your second step including the Authenticator app.

When you click on the Authenticator app option, you’ll be asked to scan a QR code with the Authenticator app to add the account if I recall correctly. But if you’re unable to scan that, there should be an option below which says “can’t scan?” which gives you a setup key to paste into the Authenticator app.

This is what I can remember from the top of my head.

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11 minutes ago, Badran said:

If you’re referring to the Google app that’s got the grey G logo, and is just called Authenticator

You are correct! I managed to embarrass myself! No problem, I'll pretend I didn't. 😆 (see me last cat post!)

 

12 minutes ago, Badran said:

you can add as your second step including the Authenticator app

Yes, according to Google that is true, but according to options offered to me, not true.

 

13 minutes ago, Badran said:

there should be an option below which says “can’t scan?” which gives you a setup key to paste into the Authenticator app.

Ah, that's a good tip @Badran, thank you.

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@AdvancedSetup I knew (well hoped) you would give me a step by step process. Thanks so much for this.

Surprise! I am a Tutanota mail user, as a result of this forum and have convinced to 2 family members to join me, one savvy, one not. Tutanota is very lovely and I prefer it. The problem is how to overcome resistance of those who balk at an extra step.

it didn't occur to me to dive into using 2FA; I thought it was "plain vanilla" without flavors. But I will keep an open mind. I complained to a "computer expert" that this process should have been done about 10-15 years ago, he said, the technology was not available "back then." I was thinking that if it was, many of the breaches and the existence of Ihavebeenpwned might not have happened with the same intensity or volume. I've had free credit monitoring for about 8 years now, because I've in so many breaches-not just mail either.

Maybe that is fantasy or idealism.

Anyway, thanks again for the excellent links and ways to get informed in a jiffy.

 

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