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Good news for all of you folks who have been using Google’s Authenticator app. The search giant has posted a big 2.0 update for the client, which brings about a number of long-awaited improvements like iPhone 5 support.

Google Authenticator, for those who are unfamiliar with the app, works with 2-step verification for your Google account to provide an extra layer of security. And it’s been redesigned today to make it easier than ever to use…

From the app’s 2.0 change log:

Support for retina display and iPhone 5.
Improved user interface.
Minor bug fixes.
Improved accessibility support.

With 2-Step Verification, signing into your account requires both your password and a verification code generated with this app. Once configured, you can get verification codes without the need of a network or cellular connection.

The app features automatic setup via QR codes, support for multiple accounts, and support for time-based and counter-based code generation.

As usual, you can find Google Authenticator in the App Store. And yes, it’s free. A word of caution though, TechCrunch is reporting that installing the new version of the app may result in the wiping of existing stored account data.