What is a TOTP?
A time-based one-time password (or passcode) is a code generated with an algorithm that uses a shared secret and the current time as inputs. A TOTP code changes at set time intervals – usually 30 to 90 seconds – and is very difficult for attackers to compromise.
How TOTP authenticators help your app
Primed for wide adoption
TOTP does not require users to have new hardware, remember passwords, or even have network connectivity.
Authenticator apps are tied to a user’s device, making them immune to SIM swapping and more secure than SMS 2FA.
One factor, two factor
TOTP authentication can easily fit into step-up or multi-factor authentication flows.
“Descope has truly been ‘set it and forget it’ for authentication by making user journeys seamless and secure for all users that interact with our service.”
- Sasidhar Sista, Co-Founder
"This is the fastest implementation of RBAC in a product I've ever seen."
- Alok Shukla, Co-Founder and CEO
"Our developers had an amazing experience with the Descope SDK. It only took us 3 hours to deploy OAuth social logins to production."
- Manu Zenou, Head of Engineering
"Descope is very customizable and easy to use. We seamlessly embedded Descope Flows inside an Outlook plugin for our app, which was not possible with other authentication products."
- Alon Cohen, CEO
"Security and compliance is always top of mind in healthcare. It's reassuring that Descope takes care of all the little security details involved in authentication."
- Jonah Mink, Founder and CEO
"Every B2B SaaS app needs to think about SAML and access control from Day 1. Descope helps us offer these capabilities to our customers with minimal engineering effort."
- Harsh Shrivastava, Founding Engineer
"Authenticating our community members with LinkedIn is intuitive for them, gives us a better understanding of their identity, and removes the burden of managing passwords."
- Shreesha Ramdas, Co-Founder
Explore other authentication methods
Enable users to log in with identity providers like Google, LinkedIn, GitHub, and others.
Let users log in the same way they unlock their device – with a fingerprint, face scan, or PIN.
Implement quick and easy login with one-time passwords over email and SMS.
Augment existing logins with passwordless auth by adding Descope as a federated IdP.
Biometrics / WebAuthn
Implement FIDO-based biometric authentication native to your users’ devices.
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