LastPass simplifies two-factor authentication

One-touch input will encourage users to beef-up their online security

LastPass, creator of the eponymous password manager, has updated its two-factor authentication (2FA) app to encourage more people to add an additional layer of security to their online accounts.

LastPass Authenticator is a mobile app based on Google Authenticator that lets users implement 2FA on their Google, Amzon, Facebook, Dropbox and Evernote accounts, as well as others. 

Until now, the service used SMS or code-based identification, meaning users would have to enter a six-digit code in order to log into their accounts. This update, however, introduces a time-limited, push-notification-based option, which lets users tap their smartphone screen to authenticate their login.

Joe Siegrist, GM and VP of LastPass, said: "Traditional two-factor authentication solutions require extra steps that are cumbersome for most users. Layered security doesn't have to mean adding another step or device."

He added: "Smartphones are ubiquitous in our everyday lives, so using it as a way to stay secure means there is nothing extra to keep track of. With the updated LastPass Authenticator, users gain all the security benefits of a multifactor solution in one, easy-to-use app which delivers on our mission to provide simple, secure authentication for everyone."

While LastPass Authenticator is available for iOS, Android and Windows phones, the new one-touch feature will not be available on Microsoft's mobile platform. While LastPass has not said why, significant staff reductions in the Windows Phone division have led to rumours the OS is not long for this world.

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