Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

U.S. networks launch Project Verify to replace password use

U.S. networks launch Project Verify to replace password use

AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon gave a preview of their Mobile Authentication Taskforce's Project Verify effort this week, detailing how they plan to beef up user security that's less dependent on passwords.

The Project Verify app will then let users log in to services that have enabled the feature, and can also be used for two-factor authentication purposes.

The Taskforce, which is staffed by and has the support of AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon, covering approximately 98 percent of the U.S. mobile-using populace, has been formed in the wake of numerous security breaches - some of which, ironically, rely on the ability to fraudulently convince a mobile provider to port a mobile number to a new SIM without the owner's permission, allowing the attacker to take advantage of insecure SMS-based second-factor account recovery systems.

The device-based ID will serve as an user profile during the authentication process. "It could also help provide businesses and consumers with extra layers of protection from identity theft, bank fraud, fraudulent purchases and data theft". We'll just have to wait and see how well Project Verify works and how widely it's adopted.

Project Verify aims to be the solution, at least for smartphone users, utilizing a multi-factor solution that looks at things like IP address and SIM card details to verify users. It's time for a comprehensive solution that reduces friction, combats fraud, and builds trust. This taskforce is focused on the future of mobile authentication, and with Project Verify, the companies think they have the ultimate solution for users. Project Verify is trying to fix that problem.

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