Before I dive into this, I want to make a public service announcement. I’ll keep it brief.
A password manager is a much more secure method of saving/using passwords than a web browser.
There. I’ve said it.
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I also understand that many people simply do not want to depend on yet another app in their workflow…even if that app would improve the security of their daily lives. To that end, they’d much rather have their browser save their passwords and be done with it.
There’s no shame in that. And as long as you’re using strong passwords and a browser that obfuscates those saved passwords behind a master password, you should be OK.
However, I would also recommend you use 2-factor authentication (2FA) any chance you get. And if Safari is your browser of choice, you can use 2FA without having to rely on a third-party app to generate those codes. Why? Because Safari has had 2FA built in since version 15. And for those who’ve hesitated to add 2FA into the mix (because of the necessity of using yet another app), this keeps everything within the browser.
But how do you use the feature? It’s quite simple. Let me show you.
How to use Safari’s 2FA code generator
What you’ll need: The first thing you’ll need is an updated version of the Safari web browser. I’m going to demonstrate this on MacOS Sonoma with Safari version 17. You’ll also need a site that allows the addition of 2FA.
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One thing to keep in mind is that if you’ve already enrolled an account with 2FA on a mobile app (such as Authy), you’ll either have to unenroll from 2FA or use the current 2FA code from your mobile app. If you’ve not enrolled the site in question with 2FA, you can add it as you normally would, only through Safari and not your mobile app.
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Instead of having to work with yet another app for 2FA, why not use Safari’s built-in option? It’s faster, more convenient, and still gives you that added layer of 2-Factor Authentication.