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Verizon Intros QR Code to Replace Passwords

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NEW YORK -- To help alleviate the overwhelming reliance on user name and passwords, Verizon Enterprise Solutions has developed a QR code login that allows users to quickly scan a QR code on a participating website with their smartphone to gain access to the site or application; no user name or password is required.

“Lost and stolen passwords remain the No. 1 way that systems are compromised,” said Tracy Hulver, chief identity strategist for Verizon. “We continue to see user names and passwords fail as a secure way to log in, no matter how complex the password. With Verizon’s QR code login, we are making progress in protecting users without increasing the hassle, headache or expense for the user and the enterprise.”

A new feature of Verizon’s Universal Identity Services portfolio, the QR code login is ideal for all types of end-users, including customers, employees and business partners. It also helps to reduce fraud, phishing attacks and can even reduce unnecessary expenses associated with help desk support and password resets.

Users will be able to enroll for a Verizon Universal ID directly from a participating Web page. After registering, users can download to their smartphone a mobile app that scans a dynamically generated QR code on the login page. Once the user’s identity is confirmed, he or she is authenticated to the website.

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8/27/2014 | 1:09:06 AM
Wow!! :-)
The possiblities that this represents is beyond words.  I will be concerned about security.  I also wonder if Verizon has an "Alturistic" motive or it is somehow figuring out a way to bring new customers in.     
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