Replacement for Authy 2FA token generator?

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Twilo are discontinuing the desktop version of Authy. I use it across Windows, IOS, and Android. Which replacement that works and synchronises across all three platforms do you recommend?
 
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Does it synchronise across all three platforms?
Yep - beautifully. There are apps for both Android, iOS, an excellent web UI, windows desktop and Linux desktop. The app syncs your passwords and makes themavailable while offline.

I personally self-host Bitwarden using the Vaultwarden back-end, but you can also just sign up with BitWarden themselves if you're not interesting in self-hosting.

You store your MFA token alongside your username/password entry. Then when using autofill, it'll fill your username, password and also make the MFA token available on your clipboard so you can paste it straight in when the website/app asks.
 
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does that not defeat the purpose, if everything's stored on the same thing? The odds of getting hacked are probably non-existent but then they always say that until it isn't.

all i want is an Authy replacement to put a code into here and paypal, don't really want to migrate to the phone version of Authy as i rarely have my phone on.
 
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I use Authy and whilst I installed the desktop App I never really used it. After suffering the pain of migrating from Google Authenticator to Authy I wont be moving again, even without the desktop app.

I normally have my phone on me so it isnt much of an issue for me.
 
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does that not defeat the purpose, if everything's stored on the same thing?

No. If someone has access to your desktop then you're screwed anyway. And having Authy on your desktop means you are not screwed if you lose your phone and you can get your new phone working that much more quickly.
 
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if it's jsut genning up a number,, does it really matter if it goes past end of life? Are they implying it will stop working? What's to stop just using it anyway?
 
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if it's jsut genning up a number,, does it really matter if it goes past end of life? Are they implying it will stop working? What's to stop just using it anyway?
Even if you managed to keep it going after EOL, it would become increasingly useless over time as you wouldn't be able to add new tokens (or sync those tokens if you were somehow still able to add them).
 
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I was playing around with the idea of moving to Bitwarden as I already use it as my password manager, but I didn't like the idea of having all my eggs in one basket.

For now I migrated to 2FAS, there's a browser extension which links to the phone app, so while it does mean you still need your phone near you to authenticate (can be biometric), it will fetch the 2FA code and autofill for you.
 
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i know but i was trying to remember where the QR code comes from etc
The QR code is one a time thing during setup (unless you save a copy of it).

If you need a new one then use Your account -> Password and security -> Two-step verification and manage "Verification code via app". Generating a new one will invalidate your existing 2FA.
 
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