Confident Technologies Announces Issuance of US Patent for Image-Based Authentication

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Company Awarded Patent for Strong Authentication Method Using a Dynamic Arrangement of Graphical Images.

Strong Authentication, Image-Based Authentication, One-Time Passwords

Image-Based Authentication That Generates One-Time Passwords For Strong Authentication.

“We’re pleased to add this patent for image-based authentication to our already outstanding and growing list of well-protected intellectual property,” said Curtis Staker, President and Chief Executive Officer at Confident Technologies.

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Confident Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of image-based authentication and verification solutions today announced the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued the company patent number 8,117,458 for “Methods and Systems for Graphical Image Authentication.” The innovative system for authenticating users to computer systems, websites and mobile applications forms the foundation of Confident Technologies' image-based authentication solutions including its flagship product, Confident ImageShield™. The image-based authentication system makes it possible for Confident Technologies solutions to generate one-time passwords for user authentication, simply by asking users to identify a few image categories.

Confident Technologies’ patented technology provides a software-as-a-service (SaaS), strong authentication solution that is secure against keystroke-logging malware and dictionary attacks while remaining incredibly easy for people to use. Upon first registering with a computer system, online account, or mobile application, a user selects a few categories of things they can easily remember – such as dogs, flowers and cars. When authentication is needed, the user is presented with a randomly-generated grid of images. The user must identify which images match their chosen secret categories. In the process, the technology generates a temporary, one-time password for authentication. The image categories are much easier for users to remember than traditional passwords and much easier to input on mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones. Users can simply tap a few images on mobile device touchscreens rather than struggle to enter the alphanumeric characters of a traditional password on tiny, virtual keyboards.

In addition to the newly issued technology patent, Confident Technologies today announced it recently closed $2.9 million of a $4.0 million round of Series B financing and has appointed two new members to its Board of Directors. Tulsa, Oklahoma-based executives Graham Wilson and James McIntosh have been nominated and ratified as Directors on the Confident Technologies Board. Wilson brings a broad range of experience including extensive financial management, strategic and organizational planning, as well as startup management. McIntosh has overseen a diverse portfolio of business successes and currently serves on numerous boards including the Board of Directors for Infinedi, a leading provider of secure electronic data integration technology. Additionally Curtis Staker, President and Chief Executive Officer of Confident Technologies, was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors.

“I see a great need in the security market for strong authentication solutions that are easy to use – especially on mobile devices,” said Graham Wilson, member of the Board of Directors, Confident Technologies. “I believe Confident Technologies has the technology and management team to solve this challenge. I’m pleased to join the Board of Directors and look forward to further advancing this technology and company to great success.”

“While I’m excited about the strong yet easy-to-use security provided by the company’s technology, I’m equally enthused about the unique new platform for online branding and advertising created by the image-based authentication technology,” said James McIntosh, member of the Board of Directors, Confident Technologies. “The guaranteed audience engagement associated with using images for authentication and verification methods is unprecedented and I’m thrilled to be a part of the team.”

“We’re pleased to add this patent for image-based authentication to our already outstanding and growing list of well-protected intellectual property,” said Curtis Staker, President and Chief Executive Officer at Confident Technologies. “The issuance of this patent, the closing of the first tranche of our series B financing, and the experienced leadership brought by our new board members are all further testaments to the innovativeness and potential of our authentication solutions and will accelerate Confident Technologies’ growth and market penetration.”

About Confident Technologies
Confident Technologies, Inc. provides intuitive and secure, image-based authentication and verification technologies for web and mobile applications as well as websites. Multifactor authentication solutions from Confident Technologies increase security without the need for expensive hardware tokens, smart cards or biometrics and improve user experience through an easy-to-use, image-based interface. For more information, visit http://www.confidenttechnologies.com.    

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