Good go-to, but there are better alternatives out there
April 30, 2021

Good go-to, but there are better alternatives out there

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Google Authenticator

We use a lot of online services that require login, and the best way to secure the credentials is by using 2 factor authentication.

Google Authenticator is the simplest and most accessible solution for most users, and the one I usually recommend my coworkers, as all you need is a Google or GSuite account, which everyone has.
  • Easy to use.
  • Compatible with any phone.
  • Known provider that's easy to trust.
  • Sync across devices in real time, to computer for example
  • Allow exporting the data to be able to migrate to other apps
  • Easy to use by anyone.
  • Known vendor behind it.
  • Reliable.
  • Easy and quick to set up.
  • Pretty neutral effect - you need a 2FA solution, all of them are very similar in terms of ROI.
I tried a few other apps and decided to personally go with Authy, but I usually recommend Google Authenticator for most people who just want something simple and easy to use.

I also tried Microsoft Authenticator (not available in the list above), but it didn't work as well as Google Authenticator or Authy.

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If you want an easy to use, easy to recommend and reliable solution for 2FA, this is a great go-to.
If you want some more advanced features I'd go with Authy, or another solution that offers stuff like sync, export, privacy-first focus etc.

Additionally, some services only allow the use of text messages, which is a shame.. But for those Google Authenticator (or any other app) won't work anyway.