A software-based authentication service developed by Google, called Google Authenticator, uses two-step verification procedures in order to ensure users and their apps are secure. The Google Authenticator service is free to download and use.
This is the first update to the service the tech giant has released in over a year, as they updated the feature in May. As of the last Google Authenticator update, users were able to hide their 2FA codes until they simply clicked on a button to reveal them.
However, Google has now decided to backtrack on this feature, which was originally planned for the future.
Moreover, Google has also mentioned that no other changes to Google Authenticator are going to be made to the app, and the latest version of Google Authenticator has already been rolled out across a broad range of devices.
A report indicates that the 'Click to reveal PIN' feature has been removed from Google Authenticator version 5.20R4. Therefore, when you open the app you will be presented with 'every single two-factor authentication code' listed in the list at the bottom of the screen.
Google used the 'Click to reveal PIN' feature to add another level of security to the service. As a result of this feature, prying eyes near you will struggle to get a hold of any information stored on your device.
This feature ended up being only a small success since the code itself was changing once every 30 seconds, making it difficult to determine its effectiveness.
In addition, the report mentioned that one unintended advantage of the use of the feature was that it helped users concentrate on codes since only the codes that they wanted to view were displayed.
The feature has also never been added to the iOS app, which presently asks users to authenticate their Face/Touch ID before revealing the codes before revealing them.
There are also references in the report that the use of this process would be a nice option to have on Android if users wanted to share their devices.
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