When you use two-factor authentication, chances are you are getting your second factor from a mobile phone app like Google Authenticator or Authy. This makes sense, given that you want to ensure that nobody who has access to your computer also has access to the application that provides you with your second key for accessing your private accounts.
Authy is turning this idea on its head today by launching a desktop app for its two-factor authentication service. Authy for Desktop is now available as a Chrome app here. While it uses Chrome’s app framework, it’s a completely stand-alone app, though, and you don’t need to run Chrome to use it. This approach allows the same app to run on Windows, Mac and Linux.
As the company’s founder and CEO Daniel Palacio told me last week, being able to get your second factor from your desktop and laptop makes for a far more…
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