WWPass Eliminates Username and Password Pairs

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First Personal Security Pack Uses New Authentication Technology

WWPass today took its first step toward ending the era of username and password pairs with the release of WWPass Personal Security Pack 1.0.

The security pack includes two applications, WWPass Security for Email (Thunderbird) and WWPass Personal Secure Storage, which provide better protection of individuals’ email and sensitive documents.

WWPass’ unique authentication technology makes these applications exceptionally secure. To prove their identity, users do not enter a username or user ID. Instead, they use a PassKey from WWPass.

The PassKey, an anonymous authentication device, eliminates the weakest link found in most authentication models: the easily-hacked username/password pair. In addition, it allows users to authenticate into an unlimited number of WWPass-enabled applications with a single PassKey, eliminating the need to carry multiple authentication credentials.

“After years of development, we are ready to share a whole new approach to authentication,” said WWPass CEO, Gene Shablygin. “Ultimately, many companies will employ our authentication technology—not just the most security-obsessed ones. Today, with the WWPass Personal Security Pack 1.0, we are putting this advanced technology into the hands of individual users.”

Shablygin noted, “Username and password pairs were developed more than a half-century ago, and used in closed systems by intellectuals who were not known for stealing from each other. But today, the open Internet is like the Wild West. Data breaches have become increasingly common with hackers cutting the mediocre protection provided by usernames and passwords as easily as Alexander cut the Gordian Knot.”

He added, “The ancient username/password technology remains in wide use because until now, no effective alternatives existed. And while some alternatives have appeared more effective, they have proven less convenient to use. Now there is a revolutionary alternative that is both more effective and more convenient. PassKeys can replace username/password pairs everywhere users need to authenticate: websites, networks, applications, and transaction systems. We’re paving the way with personal solutions that let users experience the security and convenience of authenticating with a PassKey.”

WWPass Personal Secure Storage

WWPass Personal Secure Storage lets users anonymously store files of any kind in WWPass’ data centers. The user’s PassKey controls the encryption of these files, which are then fragmented. Fragments are scattered around the globe, stored anonymously in WWPass’ storage facilities. Fragments cannot be identified, nor reassembled and decrypted, without the user’s PassKey.

WWPass Security for Email (Thunderbird)

Mozilla Thunderbird has supported public-private key encryption of email for years. However, the user’s personal certificates and associated encryption keys were stored locally on the user’s computer or on a single-application smart card.

In contrast, WWPass Security for Email (Thunderbird) uses WWPass’ encrypted, fragmented and globally-dispersed storage as the sole repository for the certificates and encryption keys needed when a user digitally signs, encrypts and decrypts email. The PassKey does not store these certificates and encryption keys. Instead, Thunderbird gains access to them through the PassKey. This allows the user to obtain his certificates and keys while working at any computer.

Pricing and Availability

WWPass Personal Security Pack 1.0 is offered through 2013 May 31 at no charge to non-commercial users in the U.S.

Use of the Personal Security Pack requires a WWPass KeySet, which contains a Passkey and two Service Keys (employed by the user for administrative tasks such as the anonymous recovery of a lost PassKey).

Both corporations and individuals can obtain KeySets at shop.wwpass.com. The full KeySet costs $29.95. Additional and replacement Keys cost $14.95.

Personal Security Pack 1.0 works on Windows 7, Firefox, and Thunderbird. Future releases will expand support to other platforms, browsers, and email clients.

WWPass Technology More Convenient, Secure and Private

The user’s PassKey, and optional 2nd authentication factor, form the user’s private, single sign-on credential set. The user provides this single set of credentials when authenticating into any WWPass-enabled application, such as a website, virtual private network, or door lock.

WWPass offers free software developer kits to allow any app to become WWPass-enabled.

Before WWPass asks a user for credentials, WWPass can validate the app’s registered credentials. This validation forms a valuable anti-phishing tool to further protect the user.

WWPass never reveals the user’s private credentials to the website/application. Instead, WWPass delivers to the site/app an encrypted data container which holds whatever information the site/app requires to identify the user. Because the user’s single sign-on authentication credentials remain private to the user, a WWPass-enabled app cannot build a profile of personal activity with other sites/apps by correlating users’ WWPass credentials.

Apps need not limit their use of WWPass’ encrypted, fragmented, globally-dispersed cloud storage to the authentication process. An app can use it to store any data, confident that not even WWPass can locate or decrypt this data without the authentication of both user and app.

Each website and app can migrate its users to WWPass credentials at its own pace. Every user that authenticates with a PassKey becomes one less vulnerability for the application/website operator. And every application that becomes WWPass-enabled means one less username/password pair vulnerable to hacking that the user must maintain.

About WWPass

WWPass serves the identity/access management and secure storage markets with its revolutionary anonymous authentication and fragmented, dispersed cloud storage services. WWPass services combine privacy, security and convenience and improve them for both application and user.

WWPass was founded in 2008 and has its headquarters in Bedford, New Hampshire. For more information, please visit http://wwpass.com.

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