Rating: New service will consign forgotten IDs and passwords to a thing of the past
We’re not quite sure what the major 2D barcode players like NeoMedia and ScanLife will make of this but a UK start-up company Ensygnia has confirmed that – it had been granted its first technology patent by the UK Patent Office. This win had taken a mere 18 months to achieve. What the company is effectively providing is a secure log-in and check-out services using QR Codes – OneScan. The company claims that thanks to its encrypted QR (eQR) codes, OneScan service marks the beginning of the end for multiple passwords and log-in credentials for anyone accessing Internet services or private networks.“Using OneScan we can deliver a level of identification and authentication security greater than that used by consumer Banks today – without the need for specialist devices. We will be able to offer OneScan to register, to log-in, to pay at the online check-out, or to simply buy goods as they are advertised in magazines, on TV and even in shop windows when the stores are closed,” argues Richard Harris, CEO and co-founder of Ensygnia.
He continued, “At a stroke Ensygnia is making simple password protection a thing of the past and revolutionising Internet security and safety for all the providers and all the users of company networks, online stores, and social media services.”
In fact, that the two-communication channel approach of OneScan is only one element of the strengthened security process of the service Ensygnia’s CTO and co-founder, Matt Deacon, argues.
“With OneScan, users will no longer need to enter their ID or user name into a browser,” he said.
“Accessing a web service or network that uses OneScan will generate a unique Ensygnia encrypted QR code (eQR) which users simply scan to deliver their log-in credentials to the service over the separate mobile connection.”
Deacon continued, “Other security checks – including personal questions or password phrases – can be added to the process on the mobile to further strengthen security if required.”
“However, once these are completed you are automatically logged on to the service you are trying to access,” Deacon explained.
“In this way, your ID and your authentication information are kept completely invisible and out of band during the log-in and only come together in the background within the service.”
For online retail stores Harris added that OneScan could mean an end to ever entering credit or debit card information into a web site again.
“After registering once with Ensygnia on a secure channel, users could shop online safely and securely using OneScan to confirm purchases,” Deacon said.
“At the check-out stage of the online process,” he explained, “Instead of entering financial and personal information into the website, users would simply scan an eQR Code and confirm the transaction on our separate channel.
All the required banking and delivery information would be provided to the site in the background on the separate channel.”
Harris also reckons that stores and advertisers could include eQR codes alongside products in magazines, shop windows, or on television as well as the web allowing OneScan customers to quickly and securely buy goods with a single scan with no requirement to register, log-on or provide any financial information.
The company also revealed that it is now opening Beta stage testing of OneScan to a selection of partners.
To register for Beta trials or more information on One San visit the company web site here.