October 21, 2013 -
LaserLock has just launched its VerifyMe app for iOS 7.
The new iteration of this app is optimized for iOS 7 and includes the option to store credential information, encrypt credentials using a color swipe gesture as well as a function to send email or text notifications to the user when multiple app authentication attempts are failed.
Earlier this year LaserLock announced the expansion of its VerifyMe app, which included a paid option incorporating facial recognition as a factor for authentication.
“Like Apple with iOS 7 itself, we started with a desire to take something people love and make it better,” Neil Alpert, Chief Executive Officer said. “We’re proud to fully support iOS 7 and deliver improvements and new features to everyone who loves VerifyMe SSO.”
LaserLock finds itself in a tough position a lot like many other user authentication apps on the iTunes marketplace – particularly now that the iPhone 5S has been launched with a fingerprint sensor. The trouble is, many of these apps would probably like to leverage the phone’s fingerprint sensor as a layer of biometric authentication, but as of yet, Apple has shown no signs of opening access to the sensor, or to allow for anything besides unlocking the device of authorizing an iTunes purchase.
On the other hand, there is a very prevalent argument in the community that the iPhone 5S’s sensor is not a security feature, it is rather an additional layer of convenience.
It has yet to be seen whether any of the yet-to-be-released Android smartphones shipping with fingerprint sensors will allow third-party access to the app, but if they do, you can expect numerous authentication apps that will make use of the sensor, in addition to other factors of authentication like LaserLock’s color gesture swipe system.
“We are constantly innovating to stay ahead of those who seek to harm consumers,” Michael R. Sonnenreich, Chairman of the Board said. “Our new notification option will further protect our users’ online identities as we prepare to release an even more enhanced and secure version of our app in the near future.”
BiometricUpdate.com recently had a chance to speak with Neil Alpert, LaserLock’s CEO about the company, its trajectory and his priorities as chief executive. Read the full interview here.