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 Two Factor Authentication - Google Authenticator code generator setup

In order to generate the "secret key" which is your second token to enter when trying to log in to a site, there are a couple of generators available for different operating systems. Even if setting up 1 of these generators should be enough to get you started, I explained the installation of 2 of these generators (1 on Android and 1 on Windows) as this can help a lot when one of your generators gets lost in space.

The code generators for which I would like to do the explanation on how to set up and use for 2 Factor Authentication - Google Authenticator are

  1. Google Authenticator (Android)
  2. WinAuth (Windows)

We also created a short video on the setup process for both applications. The steps involved in the process are very shortly listed below the video. Please be aware that these videos only show how to set up the code generators, we won't go into detail about the configuration and usage as that is part of the specific setup on the site you would like to use it for.

Setup on an Android device

  1. Go to the Google Play Store and search for "Google Authenticator"

    Android Device - Install Google Authenticator

  2. Install the app you see as the first one in the screenshot
  3. Start up the Google Authenticator app, start the configuration wizard and push on the "Scan barcode" option
  4. There will be a message that you have to install a QR code reader. The recommended one will be the Barcode Scanner from ZXing Team
  5. Tap the Install button you have on the right bottom corner of the popup window
  6. Tap the Application you see now
  7. Install the application (accept the necessary accesses it asks for)
  8. Your code generator is now ready to start configuration

Setup of a code generator on your Windows machine

  1. Go to the WinAuth site
  2. Download and install the application
  3. Make sure you have a shortcut somewhere on your desktop or launch menu to start it

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