Recently switched my 80+ Two Factor Authentication Accounts application from Google Authenticator to Microsoft Authenticator on my Android phone and am very happy with the switch. It may also be worth noting that Microsoft Authenticator currently has a 4.6 star rating whereas Google Authenticator only has a 3.7 rating.
Even with that, I was reluctant to switch over. After all, I have over 80 accounts to manually port over. So I started out with only a few everyday accounts and once I obtained greater confidence I made the full conversion over.
Some of the benefits of Microsoft Authenticator over Google Authenticator include:
- Better performance for those of us with many accounts. Google Authenticator was constantly pausing and stuttering on me as I scrolled.
- Easier to organize accounts. But I still would like a sort feature. For example, sort by name (ascending or descending).
- Cloud based backup and restore feature (can even be used to sync between devices, but be EXTREMELY CAREFUL!)
- Can be seen when accessed from a screen sharing device and screenshots can be taken. Google Authenticator cannot.
- and last but not least, it has a search feature.
The only issue I have is with Microsoft Authenticator’s requirement for a screenlock in order to be able to use the autofill features (Passwords, Payments, Addresses & Credentials).
I am very aware of the security risks and I accept the responsibility. However, a proper secure screenlock involves a complex password (not a pin or pattern) which is time consuming to have to constantly be entering. These portable devices (to conserve power) turn off the screen after a short interval. Yes, I am aware that you can adjust that setting. And yes, I am aware that there are new features which, for example, detect if you momentarily turn the screen off and back on to prevent the screenlock from triggering. But, in my opinion, that defeats the purpose of adding the security as someone can just quickly pick it up and gain access. Plus, not all mobile devices are mobile.
Long story short, I can’t use Microsoft Authenticator as my Autofill service provider. Not a big deal as my synchronized Brave internet browser securely fills in that gap for me.
You may want to also read my article on synchronizing Microsoft Authenticator between devices.
I welcome your thoughts, questions or suggestions on my article on comparing Google Authenticator versus Microsoft Authenticator.
Let me know if you found any errors within my article or if I may further assist you by answering any additional questions you may have.