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GoTrust ID app users can now simulate USB FIDO Key with smartphone biometrics


GoTrust ID has developed software to enable smartphones to be used instead of a USB FIDO Key for FIDO 2-step login with popular cloud applications, the first such offering, according to the announcement.

Users can log in to Google, Facebook, Drobox, Microsoft, Twitter, AWS, or GitHub accounts with fingerprint or facial biometrics via a Bluetooth connection between a smartphone and a computer. The FIDO ecosystem does not support Bluetooth authenticators yet, due to the maturing market, GoTrust ID says, but all FIDO-enabled services support the USB FIDO Security Key.

The GoTrust ID app for PC logins already supports Bluetooth communication, and now supports the use of a smartphone to simulate the USB FIDO Key. Smartphones are more secure than conventional USB keys, the company says, due to the capability of adding a biometric authentication factor.

“I am very excited by this trend to preload the GoTrust ID APP and I anticipate more companies offering this feature before the end of this year.” GoTrust ID CEO Darren Lee says. “What can be easier than making you and your phone the critical credentials for FIDO security login? You and your phone are always together.”

The smartphone app is available from App Store and Google Play, and the Windows app is available from the Microsoft Store. The macOS app is expected to become available shortly, while Acer computers come preloaded with the GoTrust ID app.

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