In the past year or so, the adoption of two factor authentication mobile technology has been rapid. Many organizations in the healthcare, banking sector and even social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter have adopted this technology. This is a vote of confidence in the technology and its versatility, which previously was complicated to implement.
The introduction of the mobile phone made it possible to get rid of the plastic tokens that were often sent to customers. The solution allowed for faster deployment of the system without the need for an extra token. However, the infrastructure needed improvements for both the smart phone and the ordinary cell phone.
The first step that engineers worked on was a more secure system, which was not vulnerable to DoS or man in the middle attacks. The new systems work on sending the secret code through a different network, such as the GSM network, which makes the system harder for hackers to attack.
Smartphone and SMS Technology
The two factor authentication mobile technology can be implemented though the smart phone. The smart phone provides a higher data capacity than the ordinary phone. An app installed on the phone helps to implement a sophisticated system that is more secure.
The other thing that was done when trying to make the Secure 2 factor authentication service more secure was to implement a onetime SMS code that had a rotational mechanism, which ensured that the codes were not compromised, incase hackers could get their hands on them. Many solutions also back up the codes in case the devices get lost.
As all these improvements are made to the existing Secure 2 factor authentication service, there is the risk of making it cumbersome and complex. A good system should also be easy to use, otherwise users will find be reluctant to adopt it.