Microsoft Authenticator

2024-01-22 00:00

Everyone with a corporate job is most likely familiar with it.

It is kind of a weird app because it kind of does 4 different things:

  • Regular password manager
  • Regular OTP code generation
  • Verified IDs
  • This weird Active Directory third factor authentication stuff (plus some related stuff)

For the longest time the entire Microsoft Authenticator setup I’ve had have always been a bit uncomfortable to be, because the setup don’t transfer with iPhone backups, even the connect to a Mac version. And I’m likely to spend a lot of time with my employer or the client’s IT department to sort things out if I’m for some reason left without access to Authenticator.

For example if my phone breaks or I have to restore it, and I have to re-authenticate before I have re-added the new device. Might not be a big deal to fix it. But I’d rather not have to in the first place.

So to avoid this problem I’ve set up my old iPhone to be a backup Authenticator device, plus most likely some other tasks in the near future.

Made with ❤️ in Bergen, Norway by Eivind Hjertnes