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17 September 2014

Secure You Emails with SecurEnvoy

Source: www.chip.com.my 


With the recent leak of five million Gmail passwords which were stolen by hackers who then posted them to the public on the Internet, Internet password security has never been more questioned until today. SecurEnvoy, the inventor of tokenless two factor authentication has been purveying this issue for a good number of years, and they design technologies that provide greater security for network login procedures. The company will be demonstrating its solutions at the it-sa trade fair in Nuremberg, Germany , which will be held from 7 to 9 October. technologies such as the new One Swipe method will be presented at this trade fair and this new solution aims to secure two factor authentication even with the users going offline.


Nowadays, the singular protection of passwords alone is not enough for protecting network access. This is a statement that has been supported by many recent headlines regarding the millions of hacked passwords. companies face serious damage in such cases, and many companies has already involved the use of two factor authentication in their networks. However,  most of these companies still use methods that involve dedicated tokens, which thus far has been deemed cumbersome. Using this approach, employees would not only insert passwords, but they would also utilise a physical token such as a smart-card. This would require them to always keep this tokens on hand.


SecurEnvoy however finds these authentication methods too inflexible and feels that the costs that a company should spend on physical tokens should be kept to a bare minimum. This is why they developed a technology which uses smartphones as tokens. With SecurEnvoy, the passcodes required for authentication can be requested via SMS, e-mail, voice call or a soft token app with the additional option allowing the new One Swipe Offline authentication function.


The One Swipe method displays proof of identity by means of a PIN and a unique QR code, and only with the correct combination of these permits can allow a successful login. One Swipe allows users to authenticate themselves in a network even if they do not have a mobile phone reception or an Internet connection. Users would enter a PIN into the soft token interface, to which the smartphone or tablet will then generate a single-use QR code. This code will be scanned using a webcam on a computer or a mobile device. The information will then be transmitted to provide the conclusive evidence regarding the identity of the employee thus completing the login process.


“Our tokenless two-factor authentication method combines something that the user knows, e.g. his/her PIN, and something that he/she possesses, such as a smartphone, tablet or laptop,” comments Steve Watts, Sales and Marketing Director at SecurEnvoy. “In order to make such authentication possible even if the user is offline and has no mobile phone reception, we developed the One Swipe technology, which already works on the new iPhone 6. With One Swipe, the time and place from where the user logs in is now irrelevant. All users can flexibly and unambiguously authenticate themselves in their corporate network using a mobile device that they have with them anyway. This is an increasingly important aspect for employers in this age of increased remote working.”


For more information, visit www.securenvoy.com


To contact SecurEnvoy specialist, email info@infinitedata-asia.com