Setting up Aegis
Time needed: 1 minute
Setting up Aegis Authenticator and adding a code for the first time is a breeze!
- Download Aegis
- Open Aegis
Complete the set-up wizard and select a security option: None, Password, or Biometrics. Biometrics is recommended as the best balance of convenience and security, but a password would provide the maximum security available.
- Select the + button to add an account
You can scan the QR code on any website which supports TOTP Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) to add the code to Aegis Authenticator. This QR code is the exact same as what Google Authenticator and other apps use, so don’t worry if the website tells you to use a specific app instead of Aegis, it will still work!
Aegis Authenticator is an open-source, secure authenticator app which stores all of your 2FA TOTP secrets on your phone with strong encryption, it doesn’t transmit them to the internet. It’s a great alternative to Authy or Google Authenticator if you are concerned about privacy and security.
Aegis Authenticator has additional security features which Google Authenticator lacks, such as encrypting your 2FA secret codes on your device and requiring a biometric unlock to view them. It also allows you to securely back up your codes to a location of your choosing.
TOTP codes in an app like Aegis Authenticator provide good security, certainly better than receiving codes via text message, but the best form of MFA is hardware security keys, which provide excellent protection against phishing and other attacks which TOTP cannot prevent.