How to get 2FA backup codes after the fact?
So now still trying to be proactive, is there a way to now obtain these backup codes, having already setup the authenticator app for said sites? (FWIW AEGIS is the app)
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Nov 26th, 2020 5:02 pm
Maybe I am overthinking this as AEGIS does allow one to export/backup its vault so that one can restore the same vault to another device and so have the 2FA rise again (again with AEGIS). (And I have done such an export/backup).
Nov 26th, 2020 5:11 pm
Nov 26th, 2020 5:14 pm
Took a little time, but I just swapped over all my 2FA from Google Authenticator to Authy.chrishch wrote: ↑
Shortly after that, I discovered the app called Authy and this app allows you to set up an account based on your phone number, and then you can set up the same app on other phones, tablets, and PCs. The only requirement to restore all your 2FA accounts is a backup password you can specify and an existing device that already has Authy so you can approve the restore and then it will decrypt all the accounts you set up after you provide the password.
Nov 26th, 2020 5:58 pm
The Aegis back up function works fine. Sometimes I'll take a screenshot of the QR codes when setting up too but it's not necessary.
Nov 26th, 2020 8:21 pm
Nov 27th, 2020 2:30 pm
Thanks for that. Looking in my authenticator app (AEGIS), every entry does show a key. Is there any reason to save the key outside of the authenticator app?
Nov 28th, 2020 10:41 am
Only as a backup. Having the key will work to restore the entry on any other app in case you want to move away from AEGIS. You can actually test this by installing a different 2FA app and manually restore an entry by using its key in AEGIS, then check that both apps display the same codes in sequence
Nov 28th, 2020 10:47 am