Petition Against Passwords Grabs Global Attention Issues Call-to-Action for Large Consumer Sites to Implement Passwordless Logins

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Initiative Sparks National Debate Calling Into Question the Future of Usernames and Passwords

Today, the Petition Against Passwords, a public advocacy campaign promoting “passwordless” alternatives to hack-prone usernames and passwords, announced that the campaign is gaining momentum with technology companies, legislators, and press.

Formally launched on July, 24 2013, the Petition quickly gained national media attention, receiving coverage by leading media outlets including the LA Times, CSO Online, Dark Reading, CBS MarketWatch, Upstart Business Journal and BBC Radio 4.

Already supported by companies in Silicon Valley and the US, the launch of the Petition quickly gained the attention of companies from across the globe, including: NuData Security, Authenticade (CryoKey), Sensible Vision (FastAccess Anywhere), UK-based Winfrasoft and others.

"Fraudsters and hackers see passwords as an enabler to fraud - they are easy to guess, break, bypass and are reused by users across multiple sites.” Said Michel Giasson, CEO - NuData Security. “The inherent weakness of passwords is what has lead to the prolific increase in account takeover fraud, a form of identity theft."

“You may tolerate passwords now, but once you start using the next generation of authentication alternatives, you'll wonder how you ever put up with passwords in the first place.” Said Chris Ho, Co-founder of Authenticade.

“Single factor security is no longer sufficient for most applications. All security methods have strengths and weaknesses. As weaknesses become more well known, the best way to address them is with a second, complimentary logon technique.” Said George Brostoff, CEO of Sensible Vision. “The key, however, is to add additional factors while maintaining a high degree of convenience. Two factor techniques that are burdensome or difficult to use can actually be less secure in real-life practice than either individual technique would be alone.”

“The password is one of many authentication dinosaurs that we need to confine to the history books.” Said Steven Hope, CEO of Winfrasoft. “They are costly to administer, people don’t want to use them and crucially, they are not secure.”

As the Petition Against Passwords continues to gain momentum, Petition organizers have offered an open challenge to find the first large-scale consumer site, willing to offer a passwordless login alternative once the Petition reaches more than 100,000 signatures.

“First, we would like to applaud all of the innovative identity companies participating in the Petition Against Passwords initiative,” said Brennen Byrne, CEO of Clef, the company that organized the Petition Against Passwords. “Now, we’d like to see other companies participate. Any site that uses passwords today can promote their own brand through the Petition by setting a signature threshold and pledging to make a change if the threshold is reached. We can only solve this problem by working together, and we want to help promote companies who are offering passwordless logins to their customers.”

About Petition Against Passwords

The Petition Against Passwords is a public initiative designed to help consumers voice their desire for more convenient and secure “passwordless” identity protection. The Petition sheds light on the need for a significant one-authentication registration overhaul, in the continued wake of large-scale data breaches impacting millions of consumers. The petition brings together organizations from technology, research, consumer advocacy and public policy to advocate for the implementation of passwordless technologies to replace hack prone one-factor authentication.

To learn more about the Petition Against Passwords, please visit http://www.petitionagainstpasswords.com .

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