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Samsung and PayPal opt for Nok Nok authentication for biometric payments on the Galaxy S5 smartphone


Nok Nok Labs has announced that Samsung and PayPal have both selected the company’s NNL S3 Authentication Suite, to enable the mobile payment system introduced earlier this year.

According to the company, the S3 Suite allows both Samsung and PayPal to provide a new mobile shopping and transaction experience, leveraging the FIDO Standards with an integrated fingerprint sensor in Samsung’s newly-launched Galaxy S5 smartphone.

As we’re reported previously in BiometricUpdate.com, earlier this month, PayPal announced the debut of its Samsung fingerprint integration. 

The NNL Multifactor Client Mobile Edition allows the Galaxy S5 fingerprint sensor to connect securely to online services and will help users authenticate any FIDO Ready application. PayPal has deployed the NNL Multifactor Authentication Server to provide an authentication infrastructure that communicates securely with the NNL client on the S5.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to collaborate with Samsung and PayPal to help drive secure mobile payments around the globe,” Phillip Dunkelberger, President & CEO, Nok Nok Labs said. “By providing the NNL FIDO Ready solution, we are bringing the vision of the FIDO Alliance on a global scale, and at the same time providing PayPal, Samsung and their customers with an easy-to-use and more secure solution.”

“Combining FIDO Ready authentication with the new biometric security feature on the Galaxy S5 means users will no longer need to type passwords or login details when they shop,” Hill Ferguson, Chief Product Officer for PayPal said. “Users of the Samsung Galaxy S5 can now benefit from a uniquely secure and seamless online, mobile and in-store shopping experience across the millions of merchants that accept our trusted PayPal service – this means that consumers don’t need to sacrifice convenience to increase security.”

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 smartphone has been in the news lately, as its fingerprint sensor was recently spoofed using a fake fingerprint shortly after its launch. It’s not alone however, as the iPhone 5S Touch ID fingerprint sensor fell to nearly the same attack late last year, days after its official launch.

“Web services such as PayPal can now seamlessly add support for new and innovative methods of authentication, while ensuring that aged or broken authenticators can be quickly removed from circulation,” Michael Barrett, Executive Director of the FIDO Alliance said. “We congratulate Nok Nok Labs on being selected by Samsung and PayPal to provide the first FIDO Ready deployment that will enable a simple, more secure mobile shopping experience.”

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