By adding support for Android devices, the PhoneFactor App now ensures that iOS users are not the only hip people “App Authenticating” around the office, house, coffee shop, or wherever their busy lives takes them. Smartphones and tablets have become an extension of daily life for hundreds of millions of people worldwide. Using these same devices to provide multi-factor authentication – a function that has become a must-have security tool in nearly every industry – is preferred by users over carrying security tokens and more convenient than certificates that requires the user to be on their work or home computer.
The PhoneFactor App is extremely easy to use. It works by pushing a notification to the user’s smartphone or tablet. Instantly, an alert pops up on the user’s device. The user simply taps “Authenticate” (or enters a PIN and taps “Authenticate”) in the PhoneFactor App to verify account logins and transactions. To report fraud, the user simply taps the “Report Fraud” option instead to block the attacker and alert the company’s fraud response team.
The PhoneFactor App works anywhere the user’s mobile device is connected to either a cellular or a Wi-Fi network. This means users can “App Authenticate” anywhere, including on a plane in the air – definitely increasing the cool factor for both iOS and Android users.
“Smartphones and tablets are the multi-tool of today’s professional generation. Busy hyper-taskers use them for everything from checking email and paying bills to remotely performing complex and high risk job tasks. The PhoneFactor App makes multi-factor authentication second-nature for them,” commented Tim Sutton, PhoneFactor CEO. “We’re glad that Android is now available so that everyone can experience App Authenticating.”]]>
Why is it, then, that so many people do essentially the same thing when it comes to protecting sensitive and confidential data? The tendency for users to choose weak passwords is well-documented, and has been demonstrated time and time again when breaches expose passwords and we get to see just how silly most of them are.
Unfortunately, smartphone PINs don’t appear to be any better. With more than 200,000 PINs to analyze, Daniel Amitay has compiled a list of the top 10 most used. Sadly, “1234″ tops the list, followed by such complex PINs as “0000″, “2580″, “1111″, and “5555″.
You may as well not bother setting a PIN.]]>