Fingerprint Support for Authenticator App

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 @ 10:05 AM gHale

Microsoft released an update for Authenticator app on Android, which enables fingerprint support for easy authentication.

Already available on iOS, the update allows users to simply unlock the phone and enable the authentication by having their fingerprint scanned, a process that’s faster and more secure.

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This feature only works on devices with fingerprint sensors.

Microsoft Authenticator is a way to quickly verify identity online when trying to log into a Microsoft account, thus making sure no one else beside you gets access to your data.

Authenticator works on any Android phone and provides efficient two-step verification, with notifications displayed on your device to grant access whenever an authentication attempt is recorded.

“Two-step verification helps protect your account by providing an extra layer of security beyond simply your password,” Microsoft officials said. “Here’s how it works – when signing in, after entering your password, you’ll be asked for an additional way to prove it’s really you. Either approve the notification sent to the Microsoft Authenticator, or enter the verification code generated by the app. With this feature, even if someone manages to find your password, they’ll be stopped if they don’t have access to your phone too.”

Fingerprint support is available in Microsoft Authenticator for Android version 6.1.7.

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