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October 8, 2013

One Swipe banishes ‘Stuffphobia’

SecurEnvoy aim to eradicate the need for carrying around authentication tokens everyday with One Swipe.

By Kate Heslop

SecurEnvoy, an authentication specialist, recognised that the amount of ‘stuff’ that people carried around everyday was increasing beyond just a wallet, keys and phone. Items such as authentication tokens which allow workers to log onto their corporate data when remote working were adding to the ‘stuff’ that people carry in their bag or pocket on a daily basis. The company realised that it was becoming more difficult to keep track of all of the devices and even more challenging to ensure that they are always safe.

New technology from SecurEnvoy aims to help avoid the frustration of having too much stuff in bags and pockets, leaving them at risk of being lost or stolen, by turning the user’s phone into a multi-functional authentication device.

One Swipe incorporates mobile technology to combine a traditional username and password with your smartphone that you swipe in front of a computer to log on.

One Swipe also combats the security risk of having multiple tokens to authenticate while on the move. The more devices people have, the more likely they are to be lost or stolen, putting confidential data in danger.

Steve Watts, co-founder of SecurEnvoy comments on One Swipe: "Many of us suffer from this idea of ‘Stuffphobia’, the irritation of having too many things to carry around for our working and personal lives, so much so your laptop bag is bursting at the seams. Mobile phones are already used for everything from sending emails to checking a bank balance, meaning they are the perfect devices in which to incorporate two factor authentication technology. There is the additional advantage that people have a strong attachment to their phone and therefore already have an incentive to keep it safe and always to hand.

"This technology can banish the frustration that arises from realising you’ve lost your hardware token or grabbed the wrong one from the pile. One Swipe with one device allows users to securely gain access to their system and prevents remote workers from losing valuable time. ‘Stuffphobia’ is a real issue to many and one that the One Swipe solution will overcome. Not only does it reduce the cost of ownership compared with traditional hardware tokens by more than half, but it also reduces the stuff needed to be carried in a laptop bag by embracing the one device we truly care for, our mobile".

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