Multi-Factor Security Provider PassBan Announces Wearable Device Verification
SAN FRANCISCO, March 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- PassBan, a multi-factor mobile security provider, announced today during an Open House Developer Event the support of wearable verification devices. This new verification factor is meant to authenticate simply using a smart wristband. By wearing these devices, users will be able to unlock their mobile apps. PassBan's wearable verification devices work with any smartphone or tablet running the PassBan mobile user authentication client (currently supported on Android and iOS based devices). The service is free for sandbox (developer) use, and the encrypted and dynamic certificate exchange mechanism used by PassBan makes the wearable device highly secure. Once users have a smart wristband within the vicinity of their smart-phones, PassBan pairs the smart-phone with the wristband, users can then start mobile applications they've secured using wearable verification, either by a gestures (movement) or by tapping on the smart-wristband. Users can also combine wearable verification with other methods supported by PassBan, such as biometric verification (face, voice), location check, phonefactor (call), motion, token or Pass Color verification.
With the explosion of content and apps on mobile devices, users often carry very sensitive and personal information. Recently, people have started to realize that their smartphones are mini computers and the demand for advanced security methods has tremendously increased. Although there are many cases of stolen smartphones every day, many mobile device owners still don't use passwords because they either find them too complicated to remember or believe that they don't provide the needed level of security.
The problem with passwords is that they are vulnerable to hacking. The prediction for 2013 is that 90% of passwords, even the strong ones, are will be easy to hack. And with the increasing number of stolen smartphones, there is a tremendous risk of data leakage and identity theft. In fact, mobile theft happens more often than people think - 30% to 40% of robberies in major U. S. cities involve mobile phones. In addition, identity theft is on the rise again with 12.6 million victims in 2012 and thus exposing an unprotected phone can potentially have very unpleasant consequences. For this reason, PassBan has been working hard to meet the demand for higher security while giving the user the comfort of not having to log in.
"PassBan has taken a fresh approach to mobile identity, and wearable verification is the logical next step to providing a higher form of security by eliminating the need to carry around key fobs, use predictable & hackable passwords or using unsecure SMS tokens." said Co-founder and CEO Kayvan Alikhani. "Wearing your identity device as a wristband introduces a seamless path to identifying you on your smartphones and tablets. Today, more advanced user authentication methods are needed without compromising ease of use, and wearable devices are the natural next factor of choice."
PassBan provides a seamless multi-verification login experience for mobile users by automatically adapting to their environment. If it is a noisy environment, PassBan can switch to using face-verification. If it's too dark, PassBan can use voice verification. If it's noisy and dark, PassBan uses motion, wearable smart wrist-bands, call or token verification. If the user is at an authorized location, simply adjust the level of verification accordingly. To learn more about PassBan visit www.passban.com.