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Is there a desktop application for Google authenticator (an equivalent to the phone app, not the PAM lib)?

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There are Java apps, both GUI and CLI. Both were listed on the Google Authenticator page at Wikipedia. Both include install instructions on their respective download pages.

I like the idea but I have not tested either of these nor would I assume they are secure or even work correctly. This is a summary of my search results, not a recommendation.

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Cool, thank you. It's too bad these are not provided with the google-authenticator code. Also, I wonder if it would be easy to make some kind of desktop widget with multiple account/key pairs, maybe using another language ;-) – ℝaphink Aug 31 '12 at 10:00
@Raphink yes, maybe a dead simple appindicator that would drop down a small menu with the code(s)? Maybe it's best to require two different devices to log in from a security perspective though. I'm very reluctant to trade security for convenience. – Tom Brossman Aug 31 '12 at 11:31
An appindicator would be very nice indeed. Porting the code to another language (e.g. python) shouldn't be too hard. As for several devices… well there's still the password. I don't really see a problem with having the authenticator on the desktop as far as security goes. – ℝaphink Aug 31 '12 at 11:56
To be clearer, the main security feature of TOTP imo is to prevent login/password remote attacks, not so much local attacks using the 1 or 2 machines I use every day. – ℝaphink Aug 31 '12 at 11:57

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