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Xero for Android security improvements

Fingerprint authentication

Got an Android smartphone with a fingerprint sensor and Android 6.0 Marshmallow? Well you’re in luck! We’ve just released Android Fingerprint Authentication support for Xero for Android.

If you have system fingerprints enabled and set up on your Android device, you will now have the option to choose between security code login or fingerprint login for extra security when using Xero for Android. You’ll find the option in Settings, under the “Lock app with” section; or during the first time you set up the app.

Don’t worry though! If you misplace your fingertips, you can still log back in with your user credentials and then set a security code instead.

We support fingerprint authentication on Google Nexus devices with fingerprint sensors, and any fingerprint capable device running Android 6.0 Marshmallow or higher.

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Two-step authentication

Two-step authentication support for Xero for Android is here.

Two-step authentication (2SA) adds an extra layer of security to your Xero account, protecting you against attacks such as account phishing.

If you have 2SA enabled on your Xero account and login to Xero for Android using your username and password, you will be prompted to enter your six digit authentication code generated by your chosen authentication app.

Once you’ve passed the 2SA challenge, setting up either a security code or fingerprint will add another layer of security to the app and you won’t need to re-enter 2SA authentication codes to login.

If you decide to only use your Xero username and password to login, you will be prompted with the 2SA challenge each time you login. The same goes for when you have completely logged out and for new installs of Xero for Android.

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If you have any questions about the new Xero for Android release, please leave them in the comments below.

One comment

Duncan Baines
July 16, 2016 at 6.21 am

Please can we have two step authentication for iOS

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