Ceelox, Inc. announced today that the company has created a solution for secure login to cloud applications using biometrics. Ceelox ID Online utilizes a fingerprint authentication and the OpenID protocol to provide an Internet server-based biometric software application. This enables users to securely authenticate without the threat of having their credentials, i.e. user name and password, compromised or stolen by eliminating the feasibility of any replay attack. Once Ceelox ID Online grants access, the OpenID protocol is used to create a "relying party" relationship that can be locked-down with any cloud application providing the highest level of secure authentication available.
Today, user name and password is the most common login method used to gain access to cloud applications. Ceelox has begun promoting the use of Ceelox ID Online to a variety of companies who are developing cloud platforms for enterprise and consumer use. These cloud applications include CRM, secure data storage, email encryption, etc. Likewise, Ceelox ID Online may be used to biometrically login a person to a social website such as Facebook. The significant advantage that Ceelox ID Online offers is the ability to validate a person is who they claim to be and not an imposter who has used stolen credentials, such as user name and password, digital certificate, or token, to log into another person's account.
By design, OpenID was created to maximize convenience and security for all Internet and cloud users by allowing them to keep a single set of credentials that will log them into all services. With Ceelox ID Online, Ceelox has expanded the power of the OpenID protocol by eliminating the fear of having a password or other access credential stolen. Instead, biometrics is used to authenticate a person and, as a result, a user doesn't need to worry about an unscrupulous or insecure web or cloud site compromising their identity.
OpenID is rapidly gaining adoption on the web, with over one billion OpenID enabled user accounts and over 50,000 websites accepting OpenID for logins. Several large organizations either issue or accept OpenIDs, including Google, Facebook, Yahoo!, Microsoft, AOL, MySpace, Sears, Universal Music Group, France Telecom, Novell, Sun, Telecom Italia, and many more.
"For companies deploying cloud applications, the highest level of security for user login is to utilize biometrics enabled through Ceelox ID Online. Protecting a person's identity and personal data and information across the Internet and cloud applications is becoming a national concern. Ceelox is proud to offer a solution which is easy to deploy and provides consumers with peace-of-mind," states Gerry Euston, CEO, Ceelox.