Phone-Based Two-Factor Authentication Now Available for OpenID


JanRain and Positive Networks have developed a phone-based,
two-factor authentication solution specifically designed to
support users of myOpenID. myOpenID, the most popular
independent OpenID provider, is a free, fully featured, and
secure solution for users who want their own personal OpenID
identity. The new secure authentication offering, CallVerifIDTM,
is available immediately to all myOpenID users and is based on
Positive Networks’ PhoneFactor service. PhoneFactor is the
leading phone-based authentication service and does not rely on
text/SMS messages, tokens, certificates or the installation of

OpenID is an open standard shared identity service, which enables
users to log on to different web sites and applications using a
single digital identity, eliminating the need to create and
manage separate user names and passwords for each site. OpenID
empowers users to control when, where, and how they share
personal information.

“As the adoption and usage of OpenID accelerates across thousands
of websites and applications, it is becoming increasingly
important to provide multi-factor authentication options, said
Brian Kissel, CEO of JanRain. “Adding CallVerifID powered by
PhoneFactor to the myOpenID service provides users with the best
two-factor authentication solution available.”

The new offering is based on the award-winning PhoneFactor
technology and provides simple two-factor authentication and
identity protection with far greater security than only using
passwords. 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 in
the United States and many other countries, and as an additional
service for business clients provisioning OpenIDs to both
customers and employees.

“Adding strong authentication to OpenID must be simple,
convenient and very secure if it is to work for most people.
This rules out most traditional solutions like tokens, but is
ideal for a phone-based solution like PhoneFactor, said Tim
Sutton, CEO of Positive Networks. “We think that the marriage of
OpenID and PhoneFactor will be the first really scalable
multifactor solution”.

About JanRain:
JanRain is a leading provider of OpenID technology
and solutions. Having contributed to the development of the
OpenID specifications and written many of the open source
libraries, test scripts and sample implementations, JanRain’s
source libraries power the majority of today’s OpenID-enabled
websites. JanRain manages, the most popular
independent OpenID provider for consumers and businesses. Based
in Portland, OR, JanRain was a key contributor in establishing
the OpenID Foundation and provides a full range of OpenID
enablement and provisioning services.

About Positive Networks:

Positive Networks is a leading provider of security products and
services, including the award-winning PhoneFactorTM two-factor
authentication and identity protection service, and the
PositivePROTM remote access service. Awards include:
“Best-in-Class” Service Provider by Stratecast Partners, finalist
for SC Magazine Excellence Award, AlwaysON AO100, Info Security
Product Guide Product Excellence Award winner. For more
information, please call 877-668-6536 or visit

~ Brian Ellin