US Carriers Launching Project Verify App to Replace Passwords

Donna Miller
September 16, 2018

The prototype uses the carriers' proprietary, network-based authentication features and other methods to verify a user's identity.

United States' Big Four carries, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon have announced a Mobile Authentication Taskforce at MWCA, and as a result of that, Project Verify got announced as well.

"Addressing user authentication-related risks could help safeguard consumers from attacks created to acquire login credentials and mobile phone numbers for use in fraudulent schemes such as phishing and social engineering", the group said in its announcement.

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Announced this week, the Mobile Authentication Taskforce is formed of the four biggest mobile networks in the USA, and its first public effort is Project Verify, an effort to 'change identity management and security, replacing passwords with more secure, device-based, multi-factor authentication'. The app will also be able to handle second-factor authentication.

Once the user signs up and provides consent, the system generates a device-based ID that serves as the user profile at the center of the authentication process.

Plugging the project, the site says: "Despite the rise of online fraud and data breaches, consumers and businesses still rely on easily-forgotten and weak usernames and passwords". While logging into a service via a website or an app, you will see a "Project Verify" logo below the field where you'd usually type in your username and password, and clicking that logo will do the job for you. It's time for a comprehensive solution that reduces friction, combats fraud, and builds trust. So, what is Project Verify?

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