The app scans an on-screen, short-lived cryptograph and turns a smartphone into an authenticator.
July 10, 2013
Offering what it calls, “an alternative to overworked passwords,” Authentify, creators of phone-based, out-of-band authentication services, has announced an online security app designed to turn mobile devices into secure personal authenticators.
The Authentify xFA Service replaces passwords with a mobile xFA app that scans an on-screen, short-lived cryptograph and turns a smartphone into an authenticator that delivers server-to-server class endpoint security.
“Authentify’s xFA defeats a broad range of exploits designed to steal passwords or hijack online sessions,” states Authentify in a press release submitted to ChannelPro-SMB, “such as man-in-the-middle, man-in-the-browser, viruses, Trojans, and keyloggers.”
xFA also provides SMBs with strong multi-factor authentication, supporting voice biometrics and other forms of secure messages, which in turn enable users to choose the appropriate level of authentication as warranted by the transaction.
“Password security is broken and the headlines prove it,” says Authentify CEO and president Peter Tapling. “We developed xFA because the security is in a different class, anchored by digital certificates,and biometric authentication.”
Tapling adds, “xFA is easier to use than passwords yet delivers the proven security of digital certificates and voice biometrics over a second channel. And since the users’ own mobile device becomes the authenticator, it’s easy to scale.”
Authentify xFA can be used by any online service provider or SMB in need of login protection. The xFA Service and the xFA app—downloadable from Apple and Android stores—are available immediately worldwide. Authentify offers the service to customers for fixed annual subscription fees.