Authy is an application that facilitates two-step login on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and several other sites. The service offers an additional code that changes all the time and keeps your account more secure even if your password is stolen. In addition, unlike options like Google Authenticator, the app works in the cloud and shows your tokens on your phone and also on your computer. With this, it is possible to obtain access codes even when the smartphone is not around.
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See how to use Authy codes on your PC to securely sign in to your social networks and other sites that offer two-step authentication. The walkthrough shows the Facebook configuration, but the procedure is similar for other platforms.
Authy gathers login in two stages for various platforms – Photo: Reproduction / Authy
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Step 1. Access the Facebook settings and then the option “Security and login”. Scroll down the screen for “Two-factor authentication” and find the option “Code generator. Click on “third party app” and enter your password next;
Set up a code generator for Facebook – Photo: (Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves)
Step 2. You will see a QR code and a secret key on the screen. Write down the code to use later;
Write down the secret code of Facebook – Photo: (Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves)
Step 3. Then, download the Authy extension for Google Chrome and enter your cell phone number to create an account;
Configure Auhty on PC – Photo: (Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves)
Step 4. On the PC, access the Authy settings;
Access the Authy settings on the PC – Photo: (Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves)
Step 5. In the “External Accounts” tab, click “Add authentication account” below;
Add a new account on Authy – Photo: (Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves)
Step 6. Enter the code provided by Facebook in Step 3 of this tutorial;
Enter the secret code of Facebook – Photo: (Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves)
Step 7. To keep everything more organized, choose the Facebook logo from the list and name your token. Click «Done» when you’re done;
Make your token look like Facebook – Photo: (Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves)
Step 8. Now, always when logging into Facebook, just copy the extra code provided by Authy on the computer and make sure that your account will not be hacked even if someone gets your password.
Use Authy codes to complement your Facebook password – Photo: (Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves)
As Authy synchronizes your data in the cloud, the configured tokens will not be lost even if you change or format the computer. To access the codes, simply enter the same cell phone number and recover the account anywhere.