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Wikipedia 2.5 gets a proper beta program, two-factor authentication coming soon

Today brings a new step for Wikipedia. Its Android app is finally getting a proper beta program after years of juggling dual apps, which is fantastic. Even better, two-factor authentication for our accounts is on the horizon.

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Google Play services v10.2 prepares for Google Fit v2 API and FIDO-certified security keys [APK Teardown]

The recent rollout of Google Play services v10.2 came with a cool new Instant Tethering feature that automatically enables a small set of devices to sip on a shared cellular signal when they're in need. Aside from a couple of minor tweaks, that appears to be the only major functional change we're supposed to access at this time. However, that doesn't mean there aren't a few other things waiting to be revealed. Fresh additions to the APK reveal new data types coming to the Google Fit API. There's also support baked in for the new FIDO Alliance U2F tokens for secure authentication.

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Google two-factor authentication prompts now work on Android Wear for some users

When you enable two-factor authentication on your Google account, you have three options for logging in with a phone. The first is with a code generated from any 2FA application, such as Google Authenticator or Authy. Secondly, you can have Google send you an SMS message. Lastly, Google can prompt you on your phone to approve a sign-in attempt (as long as your phone has Google Play Services).

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WhatsApp enables two-step verification and can now play audio messages in the background

We've known WhatsApp would be enabling 2-factor authentication for many months now, but the functionality has only just gone live in some of the latest beta versions of the app (2.16.341 and above, maybe even earlier).

If you head over to your account settings in WhatsApp, you'll see a new Two-step verification option. Tap it to get to a screen that explains what 2-step verification is and get the option to enable it.

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Google Authenticator v4.74 brings a refreshed material look, dark mode, and in-app camera scanner [APK Download]

Setting up and using 2-factor authentication on a Google account used to be a fairly miserable affair. The sign-in process lurched from a native interface into a browser where users were expected to quickly enter codes, various apps weren't compatible and required special 1-time use passwords, and the app for generating codes felt completely unfinished. These days, all of those problems have been solved, and now Google's Authenticator app is even taking steps to further improve its look and usefulness. The latest update brings a great looking refresh to the UI, adds a dark mode, and finally adds its own built-in scanner functionality.

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Microsoft Authenticator combines Microsoft's authenticator products, adds new features

At the end of July, Microsoft took to its Enterprise security blog to announce it was combining its existing authenticator apps into a single Microsoft Authenticator app - that app is now available.

Previously, the tech giant had separate authentication apps for its consumer accounts and the enterprise Azure AD accounts. According to the blog post, this new app combines the best features from the Microsoft accounts and the Azure Authenticator apps into one application. It serves as an update to the current Azure Authenticator, while users of the old Microsoft account app will need to download it after being prompted to do so.

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Google Authenticator v4.60 Is Preparing To Add Support For NFC and BLE Communication [APK Teardown]

Many of Google's apps are in extremely active development, some are even on weekly update schedules, but there are others that seem practically abandoned until they get that one random update every 6 months or so. With an average of about once per year (so far), Authenticator is easily one of the best examples of the latter group. Given the infrequency of new versions, it's a little disheartening to see that there are no discernable new features in the latest release; but it's actually worse than that, one was even taken away. But don't let this get you down, it looks like this little app may be due for some new tricks soon as it may be entering wireless territory.

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LastPass Releases Its Own 2-Factor Mobile Authenticator App [Update]

LastPass is known for keeping your passwords safe, but these days a password sometimes isn't enough. That's why many services have implemented 2-factor authentication (2FA) to secure your account. Now, LastPass is getting into 2FA with its own authenticator app called (predictably) LastPass Authenticator. Please ignore the iPhone above. It's on Android too.

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Google Authenticator Finally Dragged Out Of The Holo Dark Ages With A Material Overhaul And Android Wear Support

Protecting your online accounts is important, and 2-factor authentication is the best way to do that. The default method of getting 2-factor codes for most services is SMS, but authenticator apps can be more convenient. Google's own authenticator has been on the Play Store for years, but it's been very ugly until today. This app has finally gotten a material design makeover and a few new features too.

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Slack Acknowledges User Profile Database Breach, Launches Two-Factor Authentication And 'Password Kill-Switch'

The increasingly popular team chat platform Slack confirmed in a blog post today that a database containing user profile information had been breached. Slack says the database contained usernames, email addresses, hashed passwords, and information users could connect to their account like Skype names. There's no evidence that the hackers were able to decrypt user passwords, but they did have access to the above-mentioned information.

Slack says it has blocked the unauthorized access, and - in the same blog post - announced the launch of a two-factor authentication option for its users, along with a "password kill switch" for team owners.

The password kill-switch allows team owners to instantly reset team passwords and end all user sessions for all team members.

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