Nine years ago -- back when clouds stored rain and nothing more -- we unveiled a revolutionary two-factor authentication process for computers and mobile devices called Symantec Validation ID Protection (Symantec VIP for short.) Tried, tested, and true, it was the first password protection built with cloud-based infrastructure and it soon became the gold standard in defending the fight against network attacks and password breaches. Today we reintroduce the VIP Access app. This new version offers an updated workflow with a beautiful new user interface and QR Codes. Essentially, it now doubles down on the two core fundamentals that made the original so reliable: easy-as-pie simplicity and tough-as-nails security.
VIP Access Push: The New Simplicity of VIP
To ensure smooth sailing from the get go, we have made the authentication set-up process as effortless as possible. With our new Push technology, you only need to go through the procedure once. Type your name, enter your password, and hit “accept.” Push will then send a notification to your mobile device that you can use in place of a security code, which you can use to securely access any of your online accounts that are powered by VIP with just a click. Ultimately, this one-tap system is a tremendous time-saver, doing away with all the hours wasted fumbling with six-digit verification codes. Even better, if your device is Touch ID enabled and your organization supports it, you can approve the notification with your thumbprint. Doesn’t get much easier or more well-protected than that.
QR Codes: The New Security of VIP
Beefing up the security on your favorite websites is a snap as well. Using the camera on your smartphone, position a QR Code (you know, one of those matrix barcode thingies) in the center of your screen and make sure that it is in focus. Once the code is validated, your device will display the QR Code image and indicate the process was successful by beeping or vibrating. Now you can visit your favorite websites and simply paste in the freshly generated verification codes. This process provides a sky-high level of anti-tampering, with keys protected and stored in a much more secretive manner than any methods provided by Microsoft Authenticator or Google Authenticator. In fact, our two-factor authentication process is so powerful that it has been adopted by hundreds of major websites, including eBay, PayPal and E*TRADE. And we’re only just getting started.
The next generation of universal security is currently on iPhone and will be available on Android soon. We hope you enjoy VIP access, the future of password authentication!
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