With two factor authentication; is a token weaker than tokenless authentication?

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SecurEnvoy, the inventors of tokenless two factor authentication, poled 1,000 people to survey how they manage their own mobile phone and concluded that people value and manage their mobile phone moreso than a token; to the point that many of us do suffer with nomophobia – the anxiety of being away from your mobile!

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the question always arises what is more secure – the tokenless method we brought to market or traditional smart cards and tokens? Well the only way to find out is to understand how people protect and manage such a device!

With so many of us feeling in our pockets every five minutes if our phone hasn’t vibrated or rung lead SecurEnvoy to try and understand what it is that makes us so reliant on our mobiles!

We believed that our invention, the tokenless method of providing two factor authentication, is the modern method of reaching many remote users with speed and at a cost less than other traditional methods. However the question always arises what is more secure – the tokenless method we brought to market or the traditional smart cards and tokens? Well the only way to find out is to understand how people protect and manage such a device!

The majority of people who carry authentication devices such as usb devices, smart cards and plastic tokens do so because they have to, they only take them with them when they remember to or when they are absolutely needed. So what happens when I don’t need the token and leave it at home, in the office drawer or in the car ash tray? Well its vulnerable to be stolen and it’s not available when I need it – so convenience and security are potentially compromised here.

So we carried out a survey by OnePoll of 1000 people in employment, asking about their feelings towards losing their mobile phone. The overwhelming majority confirmed they carry the mobile everywhere with them to the extent the device even charges next to them at bed-time! Some even check they are still carrying the device if it hasn’t been operated in the last five minutes. So where traditional tokens fail is where they are not desirable to be carried around, unlike mobiles that are with us 24/7/365!

The survey found that 66% of the population suffer from Nomophobia!
From the results we saw there was a significant rise in the number of people who fear losing their mobiles, compared to the results from earlier surveys. So attitudes towards the mobile have changed now to the point that we care soo much for our phone we don’t allow it to venture away from our side, not for even a rest at night!

No one in the survey cared about carrying a token, unlike their own mobile and confirmed our suspicions that the tokenless evolution that we created is the way forward for the mass who care about what they carry around with them, who desire convenience and simplicity and who are also conscious of cost – the tokenless solution we have brought to the market has been accepted and adopted globally.

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