Rapattoni Puts Secure Logon Security Codes on PDAs
Rapattoni Corp. has announced that security codes for the Rapattoni Secure Logon system can now be generated on PDA cell phones. This new "soft token" technology eliminates the need for agents to carry separate security tokens, and it provides the same high level, two-factor authentication as a hardware token. Rapattoni's software tokens are compatible with many PDA phones on the market today and do not require airtime or the use of text messaging, which may cause agents to incur a fee charged by cell phone carriers. The code generation process is completely contained on the PDA.
This next-generation technology was introduced during the implementation of Secure Logon for the Southwest MLS in Albuquerque, NM, last month. Existing Rapattoni Secure Logon customers will be able to offer it to their members in the first quarter of 2008.
Any phone or PDA employing a Windows Mobile® or Palm OS® 4 or higher operating system can be set up with a software token, eliminating the need for the user to carry a separate hardware token. Most of the leading mobile devices utilize these platforms, allowing Secure Logon soft tokens to be installed quickly and easily. Most installations take less than one minute to complete.
With a software token, security codes display on the user's PDA without using airtime or requiring a text message or other data transfer process. The application is installed directly on the PDA and can display a one-time security code on demand whenever the user is ready to log on.
"Offering soft tokens exemplifies how we can provide convenience as well as security," said Nick Rapattoni, president. "While data security is the primary objective, the user's experience must be positive and convenient. Through our Secure Logon and Single Sign-On features, we give our customers the best in both security and convenience."
Rapattoni Chief Information Security Officer Peter Williams said, "In line with many other industries, real estate industry demand is growing for the convenience of software authenticators. Nearly every real estate agent carries a sophisticated PDA or smart phone. We are excited to include RSA SecurID software tokens in the next-generation rollout of Rapattoni Secure Logon."