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Application-based authentication technology launched by Authentify

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Authentify has released a QR reader app that can scan an on-screen cryptograph to turn a phone into a strong authenticator.

According to the company, the Authentify xFA Service can be downloaded from application stores and enrolling it allows users to register a voice biometric that can also be used as an authenticator.

It said that Authentify xFA works by scanning an on-screen, short-lived cryptograph, which activates a PKI digital certificate for strong authentication. The company said that it could be used by any online service provider or enterprise that needs strong protection at time of logon with a simple user experience.

Peter Tapling, president and CEO of Authentify, said: “Password security is broken and the headlines prove it, but you never hear that the server-to-server link between a bank and a processor was hacked. That is because server-to-server security is in a different class, anchored by PKI digital certificates and mutual authentication.

“Until now however, cost, user complexity and ease of deployment have been formidable barriers that prevented its widespread use for individual endpoints. Authentify is changing that paradigm because xFA is even easier to use than passwords, yet it delivers the proven security of digital certificates and additional authentication factors over a second channel.”

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