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On Monday, JanRain, a leader in the OpenID community will introduce a new "strong authentication" option to it’s myOpenID.com users. This new strong authentication is named CallVerifID and could replace access keys and keycard devices over time. CallVerifID uses the PhoneFactor service from Positive Networks.
Janrain explains how this new verification service works, "This phone-based authentication service can use any phone (mobile or landline) as a second authentication factor. The user enters a myOpenID username and password as usual, then simply answers an automated instant telephone call and presses #. This completes the authentication process. Complete two-factor authentication and identity protection is instantly enabled with no need for tokens, smart cards or certificates. CallVerifID is currently available for free to myOpenID users and as an additional service for business clients provisioning OpenIDs to both customers and employees."
This works with myOpenID as the OpenID provider and can work with other OpenID providers as well. myOpenID always runs in SSL secure mode which keeps the security level on high. Audit trail that will alert users to unauthorized access to their account. To signup, go to myOpenID and select CallVerifID as the authentication provider.
Last month JanRain launched the OpenID selector which is a way to easily login without having to remember the OpenID username string.