Intel Corp. is using an authentication system from SecureKey Technologies Inc. in its Ultrabook computers.

SecureKey provides a system that allows contactless cards or mobile devices to be used with regular computers, preserving the one-time-use data that such devices produce for added security. One application of this technology is to allow contactless cards to make payments on e-commerce sites.

"The [services] we are deploying, including 'tap-to-pay' and 'tap-to-authenticate', use real-world payment and identity credentials, which people know and understand, to enhance online security and payments," Greg Wolfond, SecureKey's chief executive, said in a Jan. 10 press release.

SecureKey, of Toronto, offers its technology in a USB stick for use with regular computers. Its pact with Intel allows its technology instead to be built into Intel machines.

In November, Intel said it is working with MasterCard Inc. for a secure authentication system that would be built into its Ultrabook computers. Intel and MasterCard said at the time that a payments capability would be added this year (see story).

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