VeriSign opens up APIs to promote two-factor security


VeriSign opens up APIs to promote two-factor security

Antony Savvas

VeriSign has opened its application programming interfaces (APIs) to developers to demonstrate the simplicity of adopting two-factor security authentication.

VeriSign has unveiled the VeriSign Identity Protection (VIP) Test Drive for Developers programme. The new pilot programme will show how easy it is to deploy a layer of protection that goes beyond standard secure log-ins, said the firm.

It is aimed at developers and enterprise IT organisations interested in integrating their online applications with two-factor authentication.

The VIP Test Drive for Developers programme provides access to VIP APIs, the same APIs used in real-world deployments, for use in a pilot environment.

By making the API to the VIP Authentication Service available through a free download, developers can quickly evaluate how easy it is to enable their own applications for two-factor authentication using the VIP Authentication Service, said VeriSign.The VIP Authentication Service is a two-factor authentication service fully hosted by VeriSign. It is based on open standards, such as OATH, and enables a wide choice of credential form factors.

Online business firms including eBay and PayPal rely on the VIP Authentication Service to build an additional layer of authentication into online transactions.

The VIP Authentication Service uses a special security credential that provides internet users with a unique six digit security code for every transaction.

During an online transaction, this security code is entered into a user interface with other information (such as user name and password), achieving two-factor authentication.

Developers or enterprise IT personnel interested in participating in the VIP pilot programme can download VIP Services APIs.

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