Cloud Communications Firm Twilio Acquires Two-Step Authentication Firm Authy


These days, security is something that everyone takes seriously, even if it's just creating a slightly stronger password. What with hacks and DDoS attacks becoming sad, regular occurrences on the Internet it's no wonder that users who keep a lot of their life online are taking security seriously these days. Many of you will be familiar with two-step authentication, whereby you will need to provide a second code along with your password when logging in from a new location. This helps prevent people gaining access to your accounts outside of your regular devices.

The problem, for a lot of users, with two-step authentication is that it can be quite messy if you have it set up for every account you use like Dropbox, Google, Facebook, etc. With Authy however, you can bundle all of your two-step generations into one app and easily pull out a token or code for any of your accounts from one app. Authy has been around for some time now, and it's available on pretty much every mobile platform going and it also works on your desktop as well.

Now, cloud communications firm Twilio, whom Authy have been working with since 2012, is acquiring Authy. Twilio is a firm that provides authentication services to companies like Box to help keep information secure. Talking about the deal, Twilio said that "With Authy's deep identity expertise and product capabilities, combined with Twilio's global reach, we make it easy for customers to secure their applications and customer information." In the short term, this won't mean much for Authy users, as the company's services will continue to operate as normal, but over time users could start to enjoy tighter integration with Authy and the cloud companies that Twilio provides authentication services to.

If you've yet to give Authy a try, you can download it from the Play Store for free here, and it can be a big help for those that have a lot of online accounts they want to keep secure. All-in-all, this is an interesting acquisition and over time it could have a big impact in the world of online security, so keep your eyes peeled.

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