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Mobile Task Force Develops Password-free Security Tool

A mobile login tool has been created to improve mobile security

It’s not easy to get the four major mobile carriers to agree on anything—considering it’s a sector where competition is fierce. But earlier this year, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon announced a joint security initiative called the Mobile Authentication Taskforce, in which the companies would work together to fight fraud and identity theft.

The initiative bore its first fruit last week with the announcement of Project Verify, which aims to combine authentication with secure network access so that users can log in securely without having to remember individual passwords.

Here’s how it works: Rather than tying a login to a phone number, as is typical with two-factor authentication, the service would connect it more gradually, through the use of a carrier identifier. The verification of the login would happen through the network, rather than through a third-party service like Google or Facebook.

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