PSA: Raivo OTP for iOS was obtained by Mobime a couple of months ago

Raivo OTP, a popular authenticator app for iOS, has actually been obtained by a business called Mobime. The acquisition happened a couple of months earlier, we will not be advising the app any longer.

Why are we speaking about Raivo OTP now?

Long story short, just recently, I was having a problem with a function in Raivo, and looked it up. That’s when I learnt that Raivo had actually been obtained by Mobime. Wait, what? When did this occur? Obviously, the news was “revealed” by means of the designer’s Twitter account in July this year.

Raivo OTP has been acquired by mobime

Seriously? This is how you reveal the news, on Twitter of all things? Why not simply upgrade the app, to reveal a pop-up about the news like, “Hey! We have some amazing news to share! …”. Not everybody utilizes Twitter, right? Which’s not even where I learnt about it, I stumbled about it on a reddit post.

If somebody who is tech-savvy as me discovered this out months later on, I question the number of other users have yet to become aware of this acquisition, which is why I’m composing this post to make individuals conscious about the modification.

Such acquisitions practically never ever benefit the user. We have actually seen that occur with Nova Launcher which was obtained by Branch, Avast’s acquisition of Piriform CCleaner and the I do not care about Cookies web browser extension, and most just recently with Basic Mobile Tools which was obtained by ZipoApps.

Raivo OTP stays open source, however I truthfully can’t inform what has actually altered in the background. This is what a remark from the initial designer, Tijme Gommers, states about the scenario.

Raivo OTP developer comments on the mobime acquisition

It looks like Mobime has actually taken control of the app, however has actually not made a main statement about it. Here’s the business’s brochure of apps for iOS, iPadOS and macOS. Many of those have pricey in-app purchases. Mobime’s personal privacy policy is offered on the business’s site Raivo’s personal privacy policy is offered here The last dedicate to the app’s GitHub repository is from August 3, the exact same date, when Gommers published the above remark. Yeah, that is not extremely persuading, is it? While we have no proof of destructive intent with Raivo, I believe some users would concur that it is not incorrect to strike the panic button. It’s time to carry on. If you disagree, well, that’s your option.

For those of you who are anxious, the very first thing to do is get your information from Raivo’s app. So do not erase it yet.

How to export your 2FA tokens from Raivo OTP

1. Open Raivo OTP and tap on Settings.

2. Select “Export OTPs to ZIP Archive.”

how to export 2fa tokens from raivo otp

3. Select an offline folder utilizing Files. e.g. Downloads.

4. Open the Files app, go to the folder where you conserved the archive, and extract it utilizing the password that you had actually embeded in Raivo. You will require the JSON file in this folder, as that’s what it needed to import the 2FA (two-factor authentication) tokens for your online accounts.

Note: Now, you can erase Raivo from your phone securely. Go to your iPhone Settings > > tap on your profile > > iCloud > > Manage Account Storage. Scroll down to Raivo and erase the information from iCloud.

Where do we go from here? No, do not go to Authy, I can’t actually advise it after the Twilio breach. I’m not especially a fan of Google Authenticator and Microsoft Authenticator, primarily due to personal privacy issues.

I have actually done some research study about some other authenticator apps, and have actually discovered that there are 2 popular options for Raivo. They are ente, and 2FAS.

ente Auth

ente Auth – 2FA Authenticator, is a totally free, open source app. It is a cross platform app, i.e. it is offered on both iOS and Android. The app’s user interface is rather great, however does not have a grid view. It’s so frustrating to scroll a list of accounts, well, luckily the search bar makes this a bit much easier.

ente authenticator app for android and ios

However let’s set it up from scratch. ente will use to establish the app as a brand-new user, or an existing user. Selecting the previous, asks you to develop an account. The bright side is, you can avoid this requirement, and utilize it offline. The drawback with that is you can not have online backups without an account. It’s not like you’re going to be including brand-new accounts every day, simply export a backup and put it in a password-protected archive, and submit it to a cloud drive of your option, or shop it in your area.

ente authenticator import tokens from other apps

We are going to utilize the choice that states “usage without backups”. This will let you scan a QR code to include accounts, or to go into a setup secret. If you’re moving from a various app, choose “Import Codes”. It supports plain text, ente Encrypted file, Raivo OTP, Aegis Authenticator, and Google Authenticator.

Select Raivo OTP, and search to the folder that has the JSON file that you drawn out. That’s it, ente is all set to utilize. If you wish to establish 2FA for more accounts, simply tap on the + button in the bottom best corner, and utilize the QR code choice to scan a code with your iPhone cam.

Note: I likewise checked ente on Android, and it works comparable to the iOS variation.

Download ente Auth – 2FA Authenticator from the Google Play Shop or F-Droid, or the iOS App Shop. The app’s GitHub can be discovered here.

Pros

  • Free and open-source
  • Readily available for iOS and Android
  • Easy to import tokens from other apps
  • Supports FaceID
  • Can export information to an encrypted text file.

Cons

Required to register for a represent online backups (not needed to utilize the app).

2FA Authenticator

2FA Authenticator likewise called 2FAS, is another complimentary, open source app that you can think about. Like Ente, 2FAS is likewise cross-platform, you can download it for iOS or Android. The user interface is visually pleasing, and while there is no grid view, it does have an alternative for a compact view.

2fas authenticator app for android and ios

Like ente, 2FAS has a simple method to import your 2FA tokens to its app. It supports Aegis, Raivo OTP, LastPass, Google Authenticator, andOTP, and Authenticator. To import the information from Raivo, tap on the choice that states Raivo, and pick the JSON file that you drawn out.

2fas import tokens from other authenticator apps

2FAS has a cool function, it has a web browser extension that functions as a buddy to the mobile app. Install it and pin the icon to your web browser’s toolbar. You will require to utilize the 2FAS mobile app to scan a QR code shown by the web browser add-on, to match them. App > > Settings > > Internet browser extension > > Couple with Web Web Browser.

When you have actually done that, check in to a site that you have actually allowed 2FA for. When the website asks you to go into the TOTP, simply click the web browser extension’s button. This will send out a push notice to your phone. Tap on it, and pick the website from the list, and it will autofill the 2FA code on the page. That’s quite cool, you do not need to by hand type the TOTP.

According to some remarks by the designers, 2FAS iCloud Backup is not end-to-end encrypted entirely even when Advanced Data Security is allowed, i.e. it does not secure some fields. The issue here is that iCloud Backups are allowed in the app by default. I simply disabled the cloud backup in 2FAS and utilize it. You can do that even before establishing your account tokens in the app.

I likewise advise disabling the Crash reports, which are likewise allowed by default. The choice can be discovered under Settings > > About > > Send out confidential crash reports. That’s an odd location to put that choice.

Download 2FA Authenticator (2FAS) from the Google Play Shop, or iOS App Shop Get the web browser extensions for Chrome, Safari and Firefox The apps’ source code can be discovered on GitHub

Pros

  • Free and open-source
  • Readily available for iOS and Android
  • Web web browser extension
  • Easy to import tokens from other apps
  • Lovely UI
  • Can export backup (. 2FAS format)

Cons

  • Online backups are allowed by default.
  • Crash analytics are allowed by default.
  • Backups are not entirely end-to-end encrypted (can disable online backups).
  • 2fas has some optional NFT Some users might not like that.

The 2FAS app is extremely related to by lots of personal privacy lovers, even amongst the Bitwarden neighborhood. Mentioning which, you might utilize Bitwarden for TOTP too, however it’s not complimentary. Besides, personally, I would choose to utilize an offline authenticator app for 2FA codes, and likewise not utilize the exact same app for TOTP and passwords. Usage 2 apps, each with a various password/ passcode.

Which one is much better?

That is a challenging concern, one which boils down to individual option. You can’t fail with either one. When it comes to me, I like 2FAS more since it has a much better user interface, and the web browser add-ons are rather hassle-free to utilize.

If you read my post about the very best authenticator apps for Android and iOS, you might know that I was a huge fan of Raivo OTP. I utilized Raivo for whatever, including my work accounts, discovering that an app that you rely on a lot has actually been offered silently is truthfully a problem.

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PSA: Raivo OTP for iOS was acquired by Mobime a few months ago

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Raivo OTP for iOS has actually been offered to Mobime. Here are a number of complimentary, open source option apps to think about.

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