There are people who don’t feel safe enough with username/password based authentication, desiring more advanced methods to protect their digital identities. A more sophisticated solution is two-factor authentication, something one of the best security applications on the market does well: Lastpass Authenticator, available on iOS, Android, and now, Windows 10 Mobile devices.
It’s a general rule that two are better than one. LastPass was created to offer more protection to users who don’t trust single password authentication. This application is among the first password managers to provide two-factor authentication. The first factor is represented by the username and password entered by the user while the second factor is a generated code or a fingerprint. By combining the two factors, the user’s account becomes more secure and harder to crack by a thief, because he would need the device owner’s fingerprint in order to authenticate — impossible in the case of a stolen phone.
Now, LastPass Authenticator works on Windows 10 Mobile devices and the application can now be downloaded from the Windows Store. The list of features offered by this application includes: 6-digit code generation every thirty seconds, automated set-up via QR code, push notifications with which the user approves or denies a login in one tap, support for LastPass accounts and for other TOTP-compatible services and applications.
After downloading the application from the Windows Store and installing it on a Windows 10 Mobile device, the user will need to create an account and will sign up with his/her email address and a strong password. The two-factor authentication will add extra security to the user’s account as it will require a second login step before the user is authorized. The developers have also implemented AES-256 bit encryption with PBKDF2 SHA-256 in LastPass to ensure complete protection in the cloud.