Pivotal Engineering Journal
Technical articles from Pivotal engineers.
Jan 21, 2019
Transferring Time-based One-time Passwords to a New Smartphone
Time-based One-time Passwords (TOTP) authenticator apps are often deployed on smartphones to enhance security of sensitive online accounts; however, replacing the phone typically requires a burdensome reset of
TOTP passwords. In this blog post we describe the clever use of a QR code reader, secure storage, bash scripting, and a QR code generator to quickly configure a new phone (no reset of TOTP required).