Microsoft Authenticator Overview

Microsoft Authenticator is the #6 ranked solution in our list of top Authentication Systems. It is most often compared to Duo Security: Microsoft Authenticator vs Duo Security

What is Microsoft Authenticator?

Microsoft Authenticator is a multifactor app for mobile devices that gives employees easy, secure access to online accounts, providing multi-factor authentication for an extra layer of security.

Passwords can be forgotten, stolen, or compromised. With Authenticator, your phone provides an extra layer of security on top of your PIN or fingerprint.

Protect all of your accounts with two-step verification. The app also helps you secure all of your online accounts by using the industry standard time-based OTP (one-time password) codes.

Microsoft Authenticator is also known as PhoneFactor, MS Authenticator, MS Authenticator, MS Authenticator.

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Microsoft Authenticator Customers

Insight Enterprises, South Wales Police, Gwent Police, and Dyfed-Powys, Integrit, Turkiye Finans, Winnebago Industries, Globosat Programadora Ltda

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Pricing Advice

What users are saying about Microsoft Authenticator pricing:
  • "It comes free with the Microsoft account. We have a yearly agreement, and all products are covered under it."

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Senior IT Manager at a pharma/biotech company with 501-1,000 employees
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Stable, easy to set up, and useful for people who travel a lot

What is our primary use case?

We use Microsoft Authenticator as well as Microsoft SMS Authenticator. Normally, we enable MFA for all users who have email access and application access. Users can choose which authenticator they want to use. Based on their convenience, they enable Microsoft Authenticator or Microsoft SMS Authenticator. Almost 80% to 90% of users use Microsoft SMS Authenticator. Users who travel a lot choose Microsoft Authenticator. We are using the latest version. It is updated by default, and we don't have to update the application. It is also automatically updated on mobile.

Pros and Cons

  • "It has been stable, and we haven't had any issues since we started to use it."
  • "Microsoft Authenticator is as easy as Google Authenticator, but it is not open to all types of applications. Google Authenticator is integrated with other third-party platforms and applications, whereas Microsoft Authenticator is not. It should have more integration with third-party platforms and applications."

What other advice do I have?

We will keep using Microsoft Authenticator as a secondary solution. We prefer Microsoft SMS Authenticator over Microsoft Authenticator. I would recommend this solution to others. I would rate Microsoft Authenticator a nine out of ten.