I am using Google Authenticator for 2-step authentication. I like how I can use a code and verify my account using my phone:
I realize that the app was designed to run on a device other than a computer to increase security for the computer (in case that it is lost or stolen), but I would like to know if there is a way I can run Google Authenticator on my Macbook.
Now, per the Google Authenticator Page it will not run on a desktop:
What devices does Google Authenticator work on?
- Android version 2.1 or later
- BlackBerry OS 4.5 – 6.0
- iPhone iOS 3.1.3 or later
However there are several emulators for developers and so I wonder if it is possible to run one of these emulators and then run Google Authenticator with that. I do realize this is not a best practice – but I'm less worried about my laptop getting stolen and more worried about someone just hacking the account.
So my question is this: Is it possible to run it on the desktop, even though it is not meant to be / not recommended?
Install oath-toolkit via brew, generate your keys with:
To get your secret, use the 'change phone' option in Google. You can get your key by clicking the 'manually enter the key' link.