July 10, 2013 -
Authentify has just launched a new online security app for mobile devices which supports voice biometrics for authentication and uses the phone itself into an authenticator.
The new app, the Authentify xFA scans an on-screen short-lived cryptograph, which when scanned, activates a PKI digital certificate. xFA, which stands for “x” factors of authentication, also provides multi-factor support for voice biometrics.
“Password security is broken and the headlines prove it,” Peter Tapling, Authentify president & CEO said. “We developed xFA because the security is in a different class, anchored by digital certificates and biometric authentication. Until now, however, cost, user complexity and ease of deployment have been formidable barriers preventing the widespread use of these technologies. Authentify is changing that paradigm because xFA is even 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.”
According to the company, the app defeats a broad range of exploits designed to steal passwords or to hijack online sessions, such as man-in-the-middle and man-in-the-browser attacks.
The xFA app is now downloadable from Apple and Android app stores.
According to a recently-published report on the global phone-based authentication market, the market is set to grow at a CAGR of an impressive 48.59 percent between 2012-2016. One of the key factors contributing to this growth, says the report, is the need to reduce the complexity of devices.