The only people who like passwords less than the people who need to use and remember them are the people who need to manage them. In fact, a lot of valuable IT time is wasted on changing and verifying passwords. Because of that issue, developers in droves have shifted to using mobile phones to verify end user identity using simple text messages sent to a mobile device.
TeleSign today announced it is making available a software development kit (SDK) to make it simpler for developers to employ short message service (SMS) technology to verify identities within mobile applications deployed on either Apple iOS or Google Android devices.
Sergi Isasi, director of product management for TeleSign, says the goal is to allow developers to leverage a backend cloud service based on REST application programming interfaces (APIs) to embed that verification functionality into their applications.
“We want to make it easy and intuitive to verify end users,” says Isasi.
Isasi says TeleSign has already provided this capability for Google Android devices. With the latest updates to Apple iOS, Isasi says it has now become possible to create a version of the SDK for that platform as well.
Verification services are not going to make the password management headache disappear overnight. There are still hundreds of applications that employ passwords. But cloud verification does provide a means to implement two-factor authentication in a way that could be a lot less cumbersome for the end users and application owners alike.