Two Stage or 2 Step Verification

So I have just spent about the last two hours going through all my accounts such a Google, WordPress, LastPass, Dropbox, Evernote,  Facebook, Twitter – everything applying two Stage or 2 Step Verification where ever possible using Google Authenticator, which for what it does seems excellent especially using QR codes to avoid loads of fiddly numbers! Not that I had any national secrets or anything stored in any of the accounts but I’d be a bit gutted if I lost all my photos or access to services I now rely on pretty heavily. Setting up has been pretty straight forwards, I’d held off setting it up as I use an app called GSyncIt to sync Outlook data between two PCs via Google and I was cautious about it breaking – 20 seconds later and with an App specific password it was back up and syncing away again.

The only trouble I’ve had so far is with my phone, as soon as I applied  2 Step it signed me out of my phone, now when I needed to sign in again I needed to get my phone, get the access code from Authenticator and sprint to login and enter a 12 digit password and the numerical code before the code expired, it took me six attempts before I made it and am hoping I don’t have to do it again for some time!

Some things I’ve learnt:

  • Print out the backup codes
  • Don’t wipe your phone as Authenticator wont use the same data again? Not too sure about this
  • Always have your phone handy – or the print out of codes

It’s not  as painless as it seems it could be but then I am in the first hour or two, I suspect I have some angst ahead as various Apps or Tablets slowly stop working till I figure out what’s wrong with them!

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HTC Desire

Well finally, after the decisions between the Legend and the Desire and then the postponed release of the Desire while HTC decided they’d send all the shipments to the carriers rather than to shops like Clove and Handtec I’ve had my Desire for four days now so heres a little breakdown of the things I’m loving so far:
  • the screen really is amazing, even after a Touch HD this screen seems to be so much clearer
  • the speed is amazing, my Touch HD lagged a little with some apps, this thing is lightening fast
  • the Marketplace is a god send after Windows Mobile, having so much fun downloading apps just to see what they are like
  • HTC Sync seems to be working for Contacts and Calender events from Outlook
  • Touiteur ~ the twitter app is brilliant
  • NewsRob ~ brings in Google Reader subscriptions and syncs them perfectly
things that are bugging me
  • duplicate contacts and events from my Google Calendar and Contacts and sync’s with Outlook
Now all I need is to get some decent accessories, still missing any nice cases