LastPass, maker of one of the most popular password managers out there, is today announcing a new smartphone app to keep users more secure.
LastPass Authenticator is meant to make it easy for anyone to use two-factor authentication on a multitude of accounts. If you’re not familiar, two-factor requires users to confirm their identity with something beyond a password, adding an extra layer of security.
Usually that’s through a code texted to their phones, but if you use LastPass’ desktop password manager, you can scan a barcode on your screen using your phone’s camera to prove your identity. The company says it plans to further simplify the process soon by simply asking you to tap on a ‘Verify’ button in your smartphone.
While many services like Facebook and Google provide two-factor logins, LastPass has the advantage of helping you keep multiple accounts in one place. That said, it can also be used without the LastPass Password Manager; the app supports any TOTP (Time-based One-Time Password) compliant service which includes the likes of Facebook, Google and Microsoft accounts, as well as “hundreds” of others.