Online authentication software from Nok Nok Labs now supports Apple's TouchID application interface, enabling consumers using any custom iPhone applications to leverage the fingerprint scanner for authentication.

Nok Nok Labs, a founding member of the Fast IDentity Online Alliance developing new technology to replace basic password authentication, will use its NNL Multifactor Authentication Client to support the TouchID interface. In doing so, Nok Nok establishes TouchID as a FIDO Ready product, along with Samsung's fingerprint sensor. Both iPhone users and Samsung mobile device users can now remotely authenticate through fingerprint scanners to service providers in the FIDO framework, such as PayPal and Alipay, Nok Nok stated in an Oct. 9 press release.

Alipay recently added Nok Nok's biometrics platform for its Alipay Wallet in China.

“This new functionality demonstrates how the industry is broadly committed to the ideals that we had in mind as the visionary and founding member of the FIDO Alliance and the standardized protocol,” Phillip Dunkelberger, president and CEO of Palo Alto, Calif.-based Nok Nok Labs, said in the release.

Apple is not a FIDO Alliance member, but the company recognizes the need for a "standardized approach to authentication that is simple and cost effective for the user yet remains highly secure," Dunkelberger added.

The latest release of Nok Nok products and the support for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, shows the security industry that "no matter the device, you can integrate once and authenticate anywhere,” he said.
The latest version of the multifactor authentication client also supports out-of-band authentication on both iOS and Android devices, allowing mobile devices to authenticate using QR codes and push notifications, Nok Nok said.

The feature makes it possible to use FIDO authentication on a separate device when there is no FIDO client on the primary device, such as a tablet or computer.
Nok Nok Labs’ Touch ID functionality will be available later in 2014. The out-of-band functionality is available now.


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