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September 30, 2009

VeriSign extends its authentication service to new devices

Supports Apple iPod touch, additional BlackBerry smartphones and Windows Mobile

By CBR Staff Writer

VeriSign has announced a new release of VIP Access for Mobile for Apple iPod touch, additional BlackBerry smartphones, and devices running the Windows Mobile operating system, in addition to hundreds of mobile devices supporting J2ME.

The application already supports Apple iPhone, BlackBerry smartphones and mobile devices from Nokia, LG, Motorola, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Sanyo and Pantech and it is now extended to 200 different mobile devices.

The company said that the VIP Authentication Service also known as two-factor authentication offers an additional layer of protection that offers secure remote access to organisation’s network. Two-factor authentication works by requiring each user to provide one-time six-digit security code generated by a user’s VIP authentication credential, in addition to username and password.

Kerry Loftus, vice president of user authentication at VeriSign, said: Today, VeriSign is dramatically extending the global distribution channel of VIP authentication by adding millions more potential end-users via these additional mobile devices.

“With the latest release of VIP Access for Mobile, we’re accelerating the ubiquitous adoption of strong authentication by making it fast, easy and free for mobile subscribers to install and use. Our support of these additional smartphones will help enterprises deploy strong authentication among their employees, partners and customers at virtually no cost to them.

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