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SecurEnvoy: A Fresh Approach to Two-Factor Authentication

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SecurEnvoy: A Fresh Approach to Two-Factor Authentication

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SecurEnvoy, an authentication solutions company that pioneered tokenless two-factor authentication, offers professionals secure ways to remotely log in to their work networks. To use SecurEnvoy's patent-pending One-Swipe technology, all they need are their smartphones and their computers. They can log in with one swipe across their webcams, according to Andy Kemshall, SecurEnvoy's technical director and co-founder.

Two-factor authentication involves using two of three characteristics to identify people logging in to a secure site on the internet: something they know (a password or PIN), something they own (a credit card, token, or mobile device), and a biometric (identified with a fingerprint reader or iris scanner).

Organizations with sensitive networks, such as those in healthcare or government, can't rely on plastic tokens as one of the factors because "as an end user, you're being asked to walk around with 20 or 30 plastic devices, all of which have got to be kept very, very safe, not copied, not accidentally handed out to the wrong person," Kemshall says. That's why SecurEnvoy concentrates on something professionals carry around with them all the time: their mobile phones.

SecurEnvoy invented a way for professionals to receive onetime authentication codes via text messages as their second factor for logging in (after their password/PIN). But that technology wasn't completely reliable, especially in locations with minimal cell service.

SecurEnvoy then created a free mobile app that professionals with smartphones can download, "and that app will now generate a six-digit number every 30 seconds, and it'll work absolutely offline permanently. …

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