We’ll learn about Garbage Collection in the context of a failed (and replaced) mSATA SSD from Crucial. New to podfeet.com – Amazon Affiliate links for Canada, Germany and the UK. A quick review of the Samsung T3 External USB 3.0 SSD (with USB-C connectivity). Joe LaGreca tells us about Authy, a brilliant two-factor authentication tool from authy.com/app/. Then we’ll go through the adventures of moving an Apple System Photo Library from an internal disk to the external T3 SSD.
Hi this is Allison Sheridan of the NosillaCast Mac Podcast, hosted at Podfeet.com, a technology geek podcast with an EVER so slight Macintosh bias. Today is Sunday March 13, 2016 and this is show number 566.
In Chit Chat Across the Pond this week I had the awesome Stewart Cheifet back on the show. He is known for his long television run of The Computer Chronicles and Net Cafe from the 1980s through 2002. If you go back and watch those shows on the Internet Archives, you’ll find that rather than being comical because the technology is such old news to us, you’ll notice how insightful Stewart is about the future. In this episode of Chit Chat Across the Pond I ask him to talk about the present and future of Artificial Intelligence (and why it’s so scary). I ask him about self-driving cars – where he thinks we’re going and how fast are we going to get there. Finally I challenge him to convince me that virtual reality is really going to be a big thing. You’ll have to listen to find out if he succeeds. Remember to search for Chit Chat Across the Pond in your podcatcher so you can get all the episodes.
Before I tell you the tale of how I moved my giant Photos library to the T3 SSD, let’s cleanse our pallets now with a listener review from Joe LaGreca. Joe is a new friend from the new Facebook group (podfeet.com/facebook). Anyway, he was chatting away in our Facebook group about how he uses Authy for two-factor authentication. I suggested that he do a review for the podcast, which is how I punish anyone helpful, right? He explained that between his job and family it wasn’t in the cards for him. I wrote back and told him that I love to have people do reviews because they learn how darn hard and time consuming it is when they try to do it themselves.
Would you believe that about a HALF HOUR LATER he sent me a fabulous audio review complete with the full text and the problem to be solved? Sheesh, that took all the fun out of torturing him! Anyway, let’s hear Joe’s most excellent review:
Joe LaGreca on Authy
Hello Nosillacast listeners, this is Joe lagreca from San Diego, California
Problem to be solved:
Two-factor Authentication is great from a security standpoint. However from an ease of use standpoint it can be a little frustrating. It can get annoying pulling your phone out to get a security token. Or worse yet you can lose your security tokens if you have to replace your iPhone. So I never liked having my tokens in only one place or device.
The solution is a program AND cloud service called Authy (authy.com/app/). It is a Google authenticator replacement that gives you access to your security tokens across multiple devices. People might say having your tokens in the cloud is less secure, and while that is partially true, I feel the benefits outweigh the detriments.
The first step is to install Authy on your various devices. They support IOS and Android and also have Chrome plugins. The next step is to create an Authy account. Creating an Authy account requires a phone number and Email address. Verification for account setup can be sent either via phone call or SMS.
Once your account is setup, its use is very similar to that of Google Authenticator. When you enable two-factor Authentication for your various services they will show you a QR code to scan. You simply open Authy on your device ( preferably a phone or iPad so you can use its camera) and click add account. That will bring up a screen to scan a QR code (or you can key it in manually if you choose to). Once you scan the QR code, it will then provide you with your 2FA token.
This is where things are different from Google Authenticator. Instead of your tokens only being on one device, they are now synced and shared in the Authy cloud across all your devices. Authy secures your tokens with a master password. In iOS, touch ID can be used when accessing the Authy app.
Now when I need a token I can either access it from a Chrome extension on my computer, my phone, my iPad, or any other device I have Authy installed. While surfing the web on my computer I no longer have to pull my phone out of my pocket to get my security tokens. This is also very useful when I have to get my phone replaced. I no longer have to disable and re-enable two-factor authentication across all my services. I simply download the Authy app, authenticate, and all my tokens are available!
While I do use 1password and know it can handle two-factor authentication I don’t like the idea of “having all my eggs in one basket”. The whole point of 2 Factor Authentication is to keep two separate pieces of information. I feel that keeping those two separate pieces of information in the same place is not as secure.
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