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Backups password, Master password, and PIN protection with Authy

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If you have been using Authy for some time, you probably realized that there are a lot of different passwords. This article aims to explain the difference between these passwords and what security precautions you should take in order to keep your tokens safe.

Click the desired password type to find out more information:

Authy Backups Password

Authy allows you to backup and sync your 2FA account tokens across devices. With Authy Backups, you can easily sync 2FA access to your important online accounts between your phone, tablet, computer, and more.

Authy Protection PIN for iOS and Android

The Protection PIN on iOS and Android allows you to lock your Authy app with a 4-digit PIN code, or a biometric scan (fingerprints on supported Android devices, Touch/Face ID on supported iOS devices). Setting the protection PIN helps keep your 2FA account tokens safe if you ever lose your device, or it falls into the wrong hands.

Authy Master Password for Linux, Mac OS, and Windows

Notice: The Authy Desktop app reached its End-of-Life on March 19, 2024. For full details, see Authy for Desktop End of Life (EOL).

The Master Password in the Linux, Windows, and MacOS Authy applications allows you to set a password to lock your Authy app installation. The password will be requested any time the app is opened, or when your computer wakes from sleep, so that your 2FA account tokens are protected.

Notice: Authy doesn't have any other overall password to lock your account across all instances. You need to set the protection per device with either the PIN for mobile or the Master password for desktop.

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