Passwords have been a necessary evil and a number of service providers have been working to eliminate them. Project Verify is the latest initiative.
When it comes to security on our devices, there are two types of people. There are those with a password on every application on their phones and there are those who choose not to go through the stress of locking every app.
The first set of persons mentioned above, may find it hard to embrace “Project Verify”, as it goes contrary to their idea of security.
Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile have teamed up to create what they call the future of passwords – Project Verify. Project Verify authenticates app logins so that users no longer need to memorize passwords for their apps. Instead it uses a combination of information like your phone number, SIM Card information, IP address etc, to determine if you are the rightful owner of the account.
Now, for the second set of persons who find it hard to remember passwords, this could be a major help since the information required from them are from personal things they own.
Using Project Verify is simple
You just have to download the app to your device and you are ready to set things up.
After download, a Verify button shows up whenever you face a login screen, you input the details asked, and tap the Verify option at the bottom of the screen. Project Verify does the rest.
Verify will not work on an app unless the user grants it access. But of course, those apps have to support Verify.
You may not be comfortable giving access to an app to take over your security. I am part of this lot. In which case, Project Verify can also be used a Second factor authentication. This means that instead of waiting for a code, you can just tap the Verify option and you are in.
Verify describe themselves as “Safe, Easy and Simple” but I beg to differ. What if my mobile device gets stolen or my lock screen was broken through? Project Verify gives no assurance in these scenarios.
This project is yet to be launched so maybe it would get more features before then. For now, we can only hope.