Google Authenticator vs. WatchGuard AuthPoint

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Google Authenticator
Score 8.6 out of 10
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Google Authenticator is a mobile authentication app.N/A
WatchGuard AuthPoint
Score 9.1 out of 10
N/A
AuthPoint Total Identity Security provides businesses with a solution to protect user accounts and credentials. With multi-factor authentication, password management, and dark web credential monitoring, AuthPoint mitigates the risks associated with workforce credential attacks. AuthPoint adds an extra layer of security by monitoring for potential credential exposure in the dark web for both personal and corporate accounts.N/A
Pricing
Google AuthenticatorWatchGuard AuthPoint
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Pricing Offerings
Google AuthenticatorWatchGuard AuthPoint
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeOptionalNo setup fee
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Community Pulse
Google AuthenticatorWatchGuard AuthPoint
Considered Both Products
Google Authenticator
Chose Google Authenticator
There are a few things to keep in mind when using Google Authenticator. Second, it's imperative that everything be kept as simple as possible. Many customers don't understand why they're putting up MFA, therefore adding further difficulty to their daily routines is always a …
Chose Google Authenticator
Being under the google umbrella gives a level of reassurance to our users. It seems to be cleaner and easier to use for our users. Being able to use a product from an already known vendor helps onboard new users to the software. It is clean and easy to use, all of the users …
Chose Google Authenticator
First, Google Authenticator meets the security requirements which should be considered "table stakes". Second, simplicity is critical. Many users don' understand why they are setting up MFA (or they just don't care), and so adding additional complications to their day-to-day is …
WatchGuard AuthPoint
Chose WatchGuard AuthPoint
I've used Duo, Authy and Google Authenticator for non-work-related accounts. I didn't have any say in initially choosing AuthPoint for our organization and haven't had any big enough reason to recommend we switch away.
Chose WatchGuard AuthPoint
We use the Microsoft MFA also and I have used the Google Authenticator (only prior to the MS version being released, however). They are similar in terms of functionality of course, but I have not attempted additional integrations using SAML 2.0 or anything like that so cannot …
Chose WatchGuard AuthPoint
AuthPoint is a good merge between Authy and Google Authenticator. Authy has a better push notification system while google auth has a better time based. AuthPoint is a perfect mix between the two, and if you need both, it is the obvious solution. Having integration …
Chose WatchGuard AuthPoint
The ease of use AuthPoint offers is nearly unmatched, with all of the same (if not more!) security benefits.
Chose WatchGuard AuthPoint
Due to the recognition and functionalities that Watchguard has in the market worldwide, it makes me feel safe when purchasing its products.
Chose WatchGuard AuthPoint
WatchGuard is easily managed and has different features like DHCP within it, which can be managed easily
Chose WatchGuard AuthPoint
WatchGuard offers similar performance to other authenticators but allows greater customization of the service and integrates with cybersecurity systems
Chose WatchGuard AuthPoint
Watchguard Authpoint provides central management for us and all of our customers.
Chose WatchGuard AuthPoint
WatchGuard AuthPoint is easy to manage and implement. It works really well with WatchGuard solutions.
Chose WatchGuard AuthPoint
AuthPoint has a simpler and more intuitive configuration, added to the cloud administration that it provides us, without a doubt it is a point in its favor.
Chose WatchGuard AuthPoint
FortiAuthenticator is OTP based only or 2FA. Whereas, WatchGuard AuthPoint has the flexibility of choosing OTP, QR, password, or Push notification. Fortitoken licenses are affixed to a single FortiGate unit and can only be used for FortiGate services only. Whereas WatchGuard …
Chose WatchGuard AuthPoint
Having the Multi-Factor Authentication developed by the same developer of the devices we use is very beneficial when we have to troubleshoot something. Support is great and is very responsive. Clients seem to prefer using their software over another vendor. The app is very …
Chose WatchGuard AuthPoint
AuthPoint offers an enterprise level service in comparison to the consumer products that are available. With centralised management of users and tokens, you have peace of mind thanks to the control, auditing and visibility of the secure of your systems. Consumer products …
Chose WatchGuard AuthPoint
WatchGuard's AuthPoint has been a breeze to implement and manage as compared to other vendor solutions and its third-party integrations put it in on a level beyond comparison.
Chose WatchGuard AuthPoint
We chose WatchGuard for two reasons. 1. We have been using WatchGuard appliances for many years and 2. The AuthPoint licensing prices are reasonable and fit our budget. So I would say that familiarity with WatchGuard products and knowing how good Watchguard support is were …
Chose WatchGuard AuthPoint
WatchGuard AuthPoint in my experience has been far easier to setup compared to Duo which I have used extensively in the past, for both engineers and the end users
Chose WatchGuard AuthPoint
Authpoint was an easy choice as we use WatchGuard firewalls. This allows us to set up two factor authentication for VPN access easily. With Work-From-Home becoming the norm [rather] than the exception, this extra layer of security is vital. It is nice that there are several …
Chose WatchGuard AuthPoint
AuthPoint has a much broader use, where the competition falls short.
Chose WatchGuard AuthPoint
I've found most MFA applications function essentially the same. It's ideal to have all your accounts using the same platform for simplicity. WG's AuthPoint provides that compatibility.

We're a WatchGuard Gold Partner and have been installing WG firewalls and Wireless Access …
Chose WatchGuard AuthPoint
AuthPoint protects both cloud/app logins as well as, and most importantly, our corporate login (Active Directory based). WatchGuard AuthPoint gives the option of using hardware OTP tokens for corporate network login, as well as the mobile app which is simple to use, customise, …
Chose WatchGuard AuthPoint
We have used AuthLite. WatchGuard has more options but I found it easier to use, easier to teach users how to use but cost is significantly more
Chose WatchGuard AuthPoint
WatchGuard AuthPoint is up there with the best of them like Duo.
Since we use WG Fireboxes we decided to go with AuthPoint.
Chose WatchGuard AuthPoint
It is better suited for smaller/medium sized businesses which is a large number that we support.

We also like the push notification instead of having to read through lots of codes.
Chose WatchGuard AuthPoint
WatchGuard has great documentation, and we use it in our product stack of firewalls which is why we thought it'd be a good compliment to use it for MFA. It was easy to use and setup with good documentation and support.
Chose WatchGuard AuthPoint
WatchGuard was selected unanimously by our senior engineers and Technical Director.
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Best Alternatives
Google AuthenticatorWatchGuard AuthPoint
Small Businesses
WatchGuard AuthPoint
WatchGuard AuthPoint
Score 9.1 out of 10
IBM Cloud App ID
IBM Cloud App ID
Score 9.1 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Cisco Duo
Cisco Duo
Score 9.4 out of 10
Cisco Duo
Cisco Duo
Score 9.4 out of 10
Enterprises
Cisco Duo
Cisco Duo
Score 9.4 out of 10
Cisco Duo
Cisco Duo
Score 9.4 out of 10
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User Ratings
Google AuthenticatorWatchGuard AuthPoint
Likelihood to Recommend
9.2
(46 ratings)
9.2
(209 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.0
(1 ratings)
8.8
(18 ratings)
Usability
8.0
(2 ratings)
8.9
(25 ratings)
Availability
10.0
(1 ratings)
8.0
(3 ratings)
Performance
10.0
(1 ratings)
8.2
(3 ratings)
Support Rating
8.6
(8 ratings)
7.5
(51 ratings)
In-Person Training
-
(0 ratings)
6.4
(1 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
8.7
(2 ratings)
Implementation Rating
10.0
(1 ratings)
8.8
(11 ratings)
Configurability
4.0
(1 ratings)
7.4
(2 ratings)
Ease of integration
8.0
(1 ratings)
8.2
(2 ratings)
Product Scalability
5.0
(1 ratings)
8.1
(3 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
8.0
(1 ratings)
9.6
(3 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
8.0
(1 ratings)
9.6
(3 ratings)
User Testimonials
Google AuthenticatorWatchGuard AuthPoint
Likelihood to Recommend
Google
It is supported by virtually all cloud-based software applications for business. I am happy to allow users to use this in addition to other authenticators. Certainly, if your business is in the Google cloud it makes sense, but my approach to the remote/virtual work world these past couple of years has been structured flexibility. Leaving some choice up to the users for their own comfort, particularly when they are using their own devices. I cannot think of a scenario where it is less appropriate - perhaps where you run the risk of "app sprawl". I.e., where you are requiring users to handle multiple authenticators (which can happen with certain pieces of hardware) you may want to encourage consolidation into one to avoid frustration.
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WatchGuard Technologies
Watchguard Authpoint is well suited to both small and large companies and scales well. It can be adapted to a number of token delivery methods, and mutliple methods (Push, QR code, OTP) can be used simultaneously to support users in different authentication contexts. The geokinetics function allows for real control of international travelers distinguishing them from random individuals using stolen credentials in random remote locations.
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Pros
Google
  • One strength is in how it checks identity to stop unwanted people from getting access.
  • Another strength is in cutting down on the frustration of users for the authentication process.
  • With the pandemic and needing to work away from the office it also provided additional security in keeping our network/infrastructure safe.
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WatchGuard Technologies
  • The Authpoint Cloud portal is easy to use and navigate
  • It integrates well with the Firebox and gateway
  • Promptly sends 2FA request onto the user devices
  • Its very easy to re-activate token on a new device if the device is lost or stolen
  • Troubleshooting logs are available to figure out whats wrong if a user cannot authenticate
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Cons
Google
  • I once performed a factory reset of my smartphone which had Google Authenticator. I didn't have a backup for the device. When I restored my phone with the same google account, I was not able to restore the authenticator app settings. I had to add all the keys back into the app to use it. This is cumbersome, but I understand it is set up this way for security reasons.
  • I don't like the ease with which it lets you delete a key. If I accidentally delete a key, I am doomed to get my 2FA key reset, unless I still have the QR code saved somewhere.
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WatchGuard Technologies
  • While the set up was easy to do the instructions could use a little more details.
  • It would be useful to be able to tell how many users are at the firewall level instead of going out to the cloud to look for it.
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Likelihood to Renew
Google
It works as intended, easy to setup, free and gives you another level of security against any unwanted access or cyber attacks
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WatchGuard Technologies
Today to ensure our ISO 27001 certification it is important that we maintain this solution. Today it is part of the way any employee within the organization works, we no longer have any other way of working and it is the simplest way to ensure that access to the workstation is done with MFA.
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Usability
Google
I have not faced any technical challenge personally using this application. It's very lightweight and doesn't require many system resources on your mobile device.
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WatchGuard Technologies
After initial setup, it practically runs itself. Onboarding new users is fast and easy as it should be. The AuthPoint mobile app is small and simple to use. The only reason I do not give it a 10 is that I frequently get complaints from end users that the AuthPoint app is "constantly downloading". In fact, it's not downloading anything and that what the users are seeing in the app is a timer for the 6-digit code that changes every minute.
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Reliability and Availability
Google
In terms of availability, I had not experienced any issues with outages or the product not working when needed
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WatchGuard Technologies
It failed a couple of times for a period of an hour or so, where systems were down.
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Performance
Google
The performance of google Authenticator is good and I have not experienced any slow downs
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WatchGuard Technologies
No apparent problem besides a couple of times that systems weren't working
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Support Rating
Google
I have found Google’s support to be hit or miss. There are times when they are very responsive, and I get my issue resolved quickly, and there are times where a response from them takes weeks. There is no in-between. But my support experience with this particular product is nonexistent because I have not had a problem with it yet. Hopefully, we do not have any problems with it either.
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WatchGuard Technologies
WatchGuard support is always quick and reliable. They have urgency levels that you are able to select when creating your support ticket, and they respond in accordance to the severity that you have set. I have never had an issue with getting someone on the phone in the same business day, even for very low priority issues.
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In-Person Training
Google
No answers on this topic
WatchGuard Technologies
It was an Onsite demo at the ditributor with the benefits of Watchguard Authpoint. Was very nice to see the abilities of the product. This Demo was a few years back, since then Authpoint changed allot. It is very nice for partners that you can get this demo without any aditional cost.
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Online Training
Google
No answers on this topic
WatchGuard Technologies
We use the online training for all our employees. There are both sales and technical trainings available and there even is a technical certification. You can use this for the Watchguard Partner Program which can give you aditional benefits. Every now and then you have a webinar that discusses multiple Watchguard products.
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Implementation Rating
Google
It was easy to implement and it went very smoothly. No issues
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WatchGuard Technologies
the first time it takes more effort. It is helpful to already understand how each authentication type works. Then it's much easier to understand the MFA solution that you implement. It is useful to check the release notes from time to time and update the key parts of the Watchguard Authpoint. Authpoint Gateway, Logon App, RDWeb... Also, it's useful to set up notifications when something goes wrong or sometimes check the statistics of how many requests are being approved/denied, etc.
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Alternatives Considered
Google
We deploy Google Authenticator in residential and non-managed client scenarios. Google Authenticator can perform the basic functions needed for multi-factor authentication but lacks the more advanced features of solutions like Cisco's Secure Access by Duo. Google Authenticator is our go-to solution for anyone ready to increase their security but struggling to find the necessary technology budget.
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WatchGuard Technologies
I would slot Authpoint as better than ESET but not Duo. ESET has the same limitations as Watchguard in the OTP support. It also is an on-prem installed console rather than a cloud, which increases cost and maintenance requirements. The duo now supports standard OTP for admin accounts, so it can be managed by a team.
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Scalability
Google
The product doesn’t have any features of tools that can help it scale
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WatchGuard Technologies
We are a medium-sized company. We don't need rapid scaling.
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Return on Investment
Google
  • More secure data = less worried about a data breach.
  • Takes longer to log in, and if I don't have my phone then I have to go looking for it, so it really makes it so that you can't be without your phone, which in certain instances is annoying or not possible and can hold up work time.
  • Everyone is willing to use the same program because everyone likes Google—makes it easier to manage.
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WatchGuard Technologies
  • Our end uses found this product very easy to use. Using one overview session, I have not had to follow up with users to access the product.
  • Once deployed, other users in our environment heard about the ease of use. We then had a 25% increase in requests for the product.
  • This product has added to the overall satisfaction of users having to work offsite, attend conferences and other travel while still being able to stay connected to their work product.
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