Authy Desktop to reach End-of-life March 19, 2024

Obligatory disclaimer: Populi does not have any affiliation with the companies that offer the apps mentioned in this announcement. The links provided below are meant only to help you do your own research; we can neither vouch for nor provide technical support for any of the apps discussed below.

Twilio, the company that makes the desktop authentication app Authy, has announced the "end of life" for the app on March 19, 2024. For our users who use a desktop authentication app instead of a smartphone app to use Populi's login approvals feature, this will likely create no small frustration.

Login approvals use something called TOTP, which stands for Time-based One-Time-use Passcodes. Most apps that generate TOTP are password managers that also let you create and store secure passwords. They're also not free for the most part. Below is a list of apps you can look into to replace the soon-to-be-shuttered Authy desktop program; if you're able, you can also do web searches for "TOTP Desktop app" (or something similar):

  • 1Password is desktop password-manager that can also generate the one-time codes that work with Populi's login approvals. The cheapest plan—called "Individual"—is more than adequate to handle login approvals.
  • Bitwarden does many of the same things as 1Password. There's a free version, but to generate TOTP, you'll need to use one of the paid personal plans.
  • KeePassXC is a free, open-source password manager. Here is their documentation for setting up TOTP.
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