Twilio’s recent acquisition of the Authy authentication platform makes a lot of sense. Authy’s service simplifies adding two-factor authentication to applications, and Twilio’s cloud-hosted telephony service makes it easy to deploy SMS or phone-based authentication channels.
Authy helps enable developers to use TOTP -- an inexact acronym for “time-based one-time password algorithm” -- to manage access to applications and services. Supported by Google, Microsoft, Facebook, LastPass, and a growing number of other companies, TOTP has quickly become a standard tool for adding a second authentication token to any login process.
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