Why no desktop 2nd factor authication like Authy?

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Why no desktop 2nd factor authication like Authy?

Postby wavepax » Sun Feb 03, 2019 3:08 pm

I want to use my desktop computer as my 2nd factor authentication device. I am not mobile and do not subscribe to a cell phone network. However, I have an Internet connection and a Google Voice number, which allows me to send and receive SMS messages like a person with a cell phone. Authy, a windows OS application for 2nd factor authentication, works with Google Voice. I also just noticed LastPass has a number of 2fa options in the security settings, along with their own authenticator. I'd like to use LastPass's authenticator because I imagine that it would automate the logins better than Authy (which I have to copy and paste the 2fa number from). However, LastPass only has mobile app options for cell phones, and no desktop authenticator. Why?

Not only can I not use LastPass's authenticator, I can't turn on 2fa for LastPass either since there appears to be zero support for a desktop authenticator. :shock:

Is there a Windows desktop version of the LastPass authenticator that I missed?

Is there a Lastpass 2fa security settings option for ANY Windows desktop authenticator, such as Authy?

My computer is as good (or as bad) as a cell phone as a 2nd factor authentication device. In many ways, cell phone networks are more insecure than the Internet. I cite the SS7 protocol's lack of secure authentication as a prime example of bad security associated with cell phone networks. I also cite lousy cell phone security associated with Google Android pre version 9. I also cite base station spoofings commonly done on cell phone networks by State spies and hackers.
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Re: Why no desktop 2nd factor authication like Authy?

Postby jpenny84 » Sun Feb 03, 2019 3:49 pm

Your preferred product uses the exact same TOTP standard that Google Authenticator does. There's nothing stopping you from using it with LastPass.
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Re: Why no desktop 2nd factor authication like Authy?

Postby wavepax » Sun Feb 03, 2019 4:43 pm

I just tried choosing the Google Authenticator option in the LastPass security options and then used Authy with the given key for the Google Authenticator, and it worked. So now I have 2fa for LastPass.

Still wondering why the LastPass Authenticator doesn't have a desktop version.
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