Last week at Mobile ID World, two-factor authentication made the news as minds contemplated the decline of SMS-bolstered security and what that means for the industry. Meanwhile, iris scanning continued to make headlines in the wake of Samsung’s Galaxy Note7 launch, and we saw exciting happenings in wearable payments.
Here’s a look back on last week’s top stories:
The Future of Two-Factor
Second factor authentication has been making its share of news this August, with Yubico promoting its U2F certified solutions at the Black Hat conference earlier this month, and NIST clarifying its stance on the use of SMS for two-factor. Last week, Jeremy Grant, advisor to the FIDO Alliance, examined why NIST’s position on SMS-strengthened authentication is an opportunity for the security industry to move forward.
A week after the launch of Samsung’s iris scanning Galaxy Note7, the smartphone was still making headlines. The device has been racking up notable pre-sale numbers as Samsung considers releasing new variant models. In the meantime, Delta ID’s iris biometrics technology has been approved for use in India’s national ID program, and EyeLock has launched eye-scanning tech that can see through glasses and contact lenses.
New Ways To Pay
New and novel payment methods made the news last week. Visa and PayPal both experimented with wearable mobile commerce at the Olympics and the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival respectively. CVC launched its own mobile wallet too, and the Canadian National Vending Alliance prepared to allow Canadians to pay with their phones at vending machines.
Apple’s fingerprint biometrics tech had the rumor mill spinning as speculation continued to swirl around the possible inclusion of Touch ID on the next MacBook Pro. eBay announced that it is enabling Touch ID login for its mobile app, and new leaks have experts thinking this year’s new iPhone will feature a modified home button (which is where the phone’s fingerprint sensor is housed).
The Big Mobile Wallets
The major mobile wallets were in the industry news last week, providing a dose of controversy to our coverage. Samsung released a statement denying a researcher’s claim that Samsung Pay can be made vulnerable to skimming, while Apple Pay fought against the coalition of Australian Banks resisting its spread into the land downunder. It wasn’t all drama, however, with Ziosk announcing that it now accepts Samsung Pay.
Police in Michigan’s Eaton County are using mobile fingerprint readers, we reported last week. Fingerprint biometrics also made the requisite device integration headlines, with Fingerprint Cards announcing its sensor tech has been built into the latest Huawei MediaPad, and a new rugged smartphone boasting FIDO Certification and fingerprint authentication features.
ImageWare Systems partner CA Technologies has integrated the former’s GoVerfiyID into its Single-Sign-On solutions, the company announced last week. Partnerships played an important role in ImageWare’s Q2 update, which was released on Tuesday and was accompanied by a conference call.
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