WinAuth (two-factor authenticator)

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WinAuth (two-factor authenticator)

#1 Post by Midas » Sun Dec 08, 2019 5:13 am

[Mod note: the present is the official forum topic for WinAuth; https://www.portablefreeware.com/?id=2856]

With all the data breaches, exploits and brute force attacks of late, one can never be too careful with online credentials. If consistently used, two-factor authentication (or 2FA for shorth) can prove a powerful mitigating factor.

Enter WinAuth (https://winauth.github.io/winauth/), a FLOSS and portable single executable client for standard online services.

WinAuth supports any service or website that uses the Google Authenticator, Microsoft Authenticator or an RFC 6283 based authenticator. It also supports games such as Battle.Net (World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, Diablo III), GuildWars 2, Glyph, WildStar, Runescape, SWTOR and Steam. WinAuth requires no installation and is a single executable file, and so can be run from a USB drive or stored and run from cloud files services such as DropBox, Google Drive, or SkyDrive.

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WinAuth last stable release (currently v3.5.1, released 2017-10-24) can be downloaded from https://github.com/winauth/winauth/releases.

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Re: WinAuth (two-factor authenticator)

#2 Post by Special » Sun Dec 08, 2019 8:14 am

Even though it hasn't been updated in a long time and the dev has "moved on", I still use this on my PC for Steam and such, I hope the day it finally "breaks" never comes.

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Re: WinAuth (two-factor authenticator)

#3 Post by Midas » Wed Dec 11, 2019 7:06 am

Ding-A-Ling wrote: WinAuth has been languishing in the private database...

Thanks for spotting that. Entry updated and voted. 8)

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Re: WinAuth (two-factor authenticator)

#4 Post by webfork » Wed Dec 11, 2019 7:03 pm

I did some edition to bring it in line with our other entries. If it hasn't been updated in some time, are the sites mentioned still valid? Has anyone tested those?

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Re: WinAuth (two-factor authenticator)

#5 Post by Special » Wed Dec 11, 2019 10:01 pm

FYI it writes a small entry in the registry at "\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\WinAuth3", at least the latest/final beta does.

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Re: WinAuth (two-factor authenticator)

#6 Post by mossydoodle » Thu Dec 12, 2019 2:36 am

how it's diffent from other password managers?

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Re: WinAuth (two-factor authenticator)

#7 Post by Midas » Thu Dec 12, 2019 4:13 am

mossydoodle wrote: how it's diffent from other password managers?

This was already in the OP: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multi-factor_authentication.

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Re: WinAuth (two-factor authenticator)

#8 Post by webfork » Thu Dec 12, 2019 7:02 pm

mossydoodle wrote: how it's diffent from other password managers?
In short: password managers are for static passwords, usually allowing longer and more complex passwords, as well as a way to enter them quickly. Multi-factor authentication is for dynamic passwords that are sync'd between your machine and the server that cannot be guessed or discovered, only calculated. If you wanted to have very good security, using both is ideal.

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