Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Form factors for strong authentication

Following on Stuart Harrison's post on Quest's new SlimToken I wanted to mention how we keep hearing from customers that they want tokens that are easier to carry and less likely to be forgotten or lost by end-users. With our Defender product we've spent a lot of time working on soft-tokens that run on your mobile phone. We are also about to introduce a new form factor - basically a credit card - that simply fits in your wallet with all your other cards.

In the picture above you can see the one-time password ("717370") in the upper right hand corner. I triggered getting the number by pushing the "Press Here" space on the lower right hand side of the card. The SlimToken has an expected lifetime of 3-4 years and is fully OATH compliant so you can use it with Defender or any other vendor who supports OATH.

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