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HID Global converts mobiles into handheld authenticators

HID Approve verifies online access and transaction requests

The HID Approve mobile app combines public key-based cryptography and push technology.
The HID Approve mobile app combines public key-based cryptography and push technology.

Identity solutions provider HID Global has launched HID Approve, a new app that turns a mobile device into a handheld validation device or "authenticator" that verifies online access and transaction requests, such as digital banking transactions or corporate VPN access.

The HID Approve mobile app combines public key-based cryptography and push technology to create a new experience for customers of banks, retailers and healthcare providers as well as between employees and enterprise or organisations. 

HID Approve is enabled by HID Global's ActivID Authentication infrastructure.  Every time a transaction or access is attempted online, the ActivID Authentication system leverages push technology to send a notification to the consumer's mobile device to ask them to approve the transaction or login attempt. The user then swipes right to accept it or left to reject it, exercising purposeful and instantaneous verification.

HID Global sales director EMEA Marc T Hanne told GITEX Times: "HID Approve works across main platforms such as Android and iOS. It turns the mobile device into an authenticator by using public key infrastructure such as certificates, private and public keys in order to securely log on or sign in to online banking rather than using the traditional mechanism of hardware OTP."

"HID Approve will transform secure digital transactions in ways similar to what Uber did for car service and mobile keys did for hotel check-in. HID Approve significantly simplifies and empowers consumers to better protect their finances, reduce fraud and have peace of mind," he added.