Authentication provider WWPass has launched its authentication system for Android mobile devices. PassKey for Mobile uses a software token created through the WWPass self-service portal and enables Android handset owners to turn their device into a token and authenticate to Web sites and networks via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth technology for multi-factor authentication.
The PassKey triggers WWPass cloud technology. A physical PassKey or the mobile app is required for logging in to secure networks and servers. “User data is encrypted, fragmented and dispersed in the cloud, where it is no longer accessible to identity thieves,” says Steven Grant, vice president of sales for WWPass. “WWPass can’t even access it, and data does not remain on the PassKey or phone. The idea is that data that does not exist cannot be compromised.”
Businesses can use a single PassKey to securely access VPNs, log on to Web portals, connect to applications, and digitally sign and encrypt email. If a token is lost, users can create a new PassKey through the self-service portal.
“WWPass technology changes the way personal information is protected and stored,” Grant says. “It is not stored in a single database or on the token. Data is dispersed throughout 12 separate locations. With other multi-factor authentication products, a lost token means data could be at risk.”
The company is focused on B2B, but a full consumer product launch is planned for the fall. PassKey for Mobile is available in Google Play. The company says a version for Apple’s iOS operating system will be available in the coming months.