Wanted to reach out to see if folks have been enabling their 2FA settings. If so, which do you prefer between the text-based (SMS) code or authenticator app (TOTP) options? Could you give me some detail about why you prefer it?
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I’ve used SMS based 2FA since it came out because it was easy-to-use and added an extra layer of protection, unfortunately easy doesn’t protect me like it did when it was first released.
So, being a security nut-job… I finally switched to an authentication app 16 months ago (yes, I wear a tin foil hat - - oh - - I feel good getting that out in the open ). Yes, it’s an absolute pain-in-the-arse setting-up 2FA on dozens and dozens of accounts, but I felt that it was time well spent (Authy makes it as painless as possible). The alternatives can be a lot more daunting and time-consuming if your phone becomes a causality of sim-swapping.
My choice was Authy for it’s multiple security features and due to the overwhelming popularity by the online Magazine security community (I included several articles below to peruse if you’re interested). In addition, I take advantage of their encrypted backup feature to help prevent lockouts and it’s offline use capabilities (as @LukeS82 mentioned).