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One time password software for mobile phones

PINoptic : 17 July, 2008  (New Product)
Mobile handsets gain additional security with two channel security using one time passwords with Cellsec from PINoptic
PINoptic has announced the launch of PINoptic Cellsec, a software based security one time password solution using the end-user's existing mobile/cell phone so that they are authenticated on multiple levels without carrying additional hardware or placing additional cognitive loads on them.

PINoptic Cellsec works by prompting the user to send a one time password via their mobile handset when authenticating themselves over the internet. Their password consists of symbols and numbers with the symbols being displayed on the point-of-sale (ePOS) screen associated with different keys each time they come to 'login' at a point-of-sale. They enter a short-code on their handset followed by the numbers associated with their symbols shown to them on the point-of-sale screen and the server then verifies that the individual is at the ePOS terminal, that they are in possession of the mobile/cell phone and that they know their personal PIC code.

"Internet and PC based transactions have become so commonplace that security has become a major issue with simple dangers like shoulder-surfing and 'man-in-the-middle' attacks undermining the most commonly used PIN and password solutions," commented Colin Allison, CEO of PINoptic Ltd. "Instead of burdening the already security exhausted end-user with additional hardware such as sleeves and tokens to increase security, PINoptic Cellsec offers a solution that radically enhances their security levels and uses a device - the mobile handset - that most of us already carry around everyday."

PINoptic Cellsec is an easy to integrate solution for authentication that allows the user to have a memorable picture password which can be re-used and easily remembered. When the user wants to 'login' they are presented with an on- screen display where their pictures (amongst a variety of others) are shown to them and randomly associated with a set of numbers or letters. By entering the relevant letters or numbers connected to their pictures in the correct order they generate a one-time password each time and enter this on their mobile handset not the computer, so providing two-channel one-time password security.

Key benefits of PINoptic Cellsec include:

- Secure authentication even if user is observed locally, eavesdropped or via man-in-the-middle attack;
- Two channel operation (typically internet out and USSD back) separates the challenge and the response makes it even more resilient to attack;
- Able to verify that the user is present at the display device and in possession of a known hardware token (handset)
- Uses existing handsets as a ubiquitous tokens or dongles which do not have to be produced and distributed specially.
- Uses low cost or free data channels to send the challenge and retrieve the response;
- Easy for the user to understand;
- Easy for the user to use;
- Secure.

PINoptic licenses the use of its software development kit which includes technical support, bespoke development training and customisable end-user training so that an authentication solution can be created to suit the installers needs and their unique IT/network environment.
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