Microsoft Authenticator – Business App for Android & iOS


The concept of this app (Best Business App)

The recent technology is growing with leaps and bounce, but the only thing which is a threat is the Risk to your device due to the infection or viruses hitting your device. Microsoft Authenticator was created as a multi factor app for mobile devices that generates time-based codes used during the Two-Step Verification process.

Features of this App (Microsoft Authenticator)

To take care of this issue, the best method developed is the TFA (two-factor authentication) this is the most comfortable, convenient, and secure way to safeguard your computer or mobile. For this authentication, it is recommended to use Microsoft Authenticator.

With Microsoft Authenticator, you need to use your phone, not your password, to log into your Microsoft account. Here you need to enter your username, then approve the notification sent to your registered phone number. The next level of security comes with either your fingerprint, face ID, or PIN in this two-step verification process. Post this; you’ll get access to all your Microsoft products and services, such as Outlook, OneDrive, Office, and more.

This App (Microsoft Authenticator) is supportive when involving multi-factor authentication even if you are using a password, by providing a second layer of security after you type your password. Once you are logging in with two-factor authentication, you’ll need to enter your password, and then you’ll be asked for an additional way to prove it’s you. Here you have two option-either approve the notification sent to the Microsoft Authenticator, or enter the OTP code (one time password) generated by the app.

Microsoft Authenticator gives you the additional option to add multiple accounts to your app, which also includes non-Microsoft accounts like LinkedIn, Github, Amazon, Dropbox, Google, Facebook, and more. As this app works by the industry standard for TOTP (time-based one-time passwords), you can very well secure all your online accounts. To do this enable two-factor authentication on all your accounts. Then, when you sign in, you’ll be provided your username and password as usual. Lastly, enter the OTP code (one time password) provided by the Microsoft Authenticator app.

We have obverse that in some instances, we have seen that your workplace or school might ask you to install the Microsoft Authenticator when accessing specific files, emails, or apps. So when this happens, you will need to register your device to your organization through this app and add your work or school account.

Microsoft Authenticator has another feature wherein they support cert-based authentication by issuing a certificate on your device. This additional feature, helps your organization identify from where the sign-in request is coming from a trusted device and help you seamlessly and securely access other Microsoft apps and services without needing to log into each. As Microsoft Authenticator supports single sign-on significantly, so once it has verified your identity, you will no longer be required to log in again to other Microsoft apps on your device.

Disabling authentication for a new or lost device

Another great feature of this app is that if your phone number gets changed or mobile device used for this authentication is lost, you have the option to click on the option that you lost your Microsoft Authenticator device on the Multifactor Authentication window. This will redirect you, after this redirection, you can enter your Last Pass email address, and tab Send Email to be sent an email with a set of instructions on how to disable Multifactor Authentication. The other possibility is that if you do not receive an email, you may have a secondary security email enabled where the email was sent instead, and check your spam/junk email filters. In some cases, if you are an Enterprise user, your account may have pre-defined policies which enforce or prevents disabling Multifactor Authentication via email. For such users, it is advisable to contact your Last Pass admin to disable it for you.

Few Challenges

This app is loved by most of its users as a good source for the second level of security, but few challenges with this app are that if the users change their phone or doing any updating, then the app crashes and is not able to work as good as it used to do initially.