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Microsoft Selects PhoneFactor To Provide Multfactor Security Fr HealthVault

Phone-based authentication protects access to personal health information
OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--PhoneFactor today announced that its award-winning multi-factor authentication service has been integrated with Microsoft HealthVault, an online service designed to put consumers in control of their personal health information. HealthVault users can now benefit from an extra layer of security when signing into the service, further protecting users’ privacy and preventing identity theft and fraud.

“Our customers want choice, ease-of-use, and they want tools to help them secure their personal health information online,” said David Cerino, general manager, Microsoft Health Solutions Group. “By adding PhoneFactor to HealthVault, our users can benefit from a strong second layer of protection.”

The integrated Phonefactor service provides simple, effective multi-factor authentication. When consumers sign into HealthVault or one of the health and wellness applications that use HealthVault single sign-on, such as the American Heart Association’s Heart360 and the Mayo Clinic Health Manager, they start by entering a user name and password. Instantly, PhoneFactor calls the user. The user answers the call and presses # to complete the sign-in process. HealthVault is making PhoneFactor authentication available to its users at no cost.

PhoneFactor is ideal for consumer applications, like HealthVault. It works instantly with any phone anywhere in the world, requires no end-user training, and its out-of-band architecture protects against even the most sophisticated security threats, including man-in-the-middle and malware. It has proven to be a favorite of healthcare professionals as well, and is used by leading healthcare organizations to authenticate remote access to protected health information stored on hospital networks.

“People are paranoid about the security of their medical records and rightfully so,” said Tim Sutton, PhoneFactor CEO and co-founder. “With PhoneFactor, HealthVault users can be confident that the privacy of their data is protected with no additional cost to them, no extra devices to carry, and no software to install.”

About PhoneFactor

PhoneFactor is a leading provider of multi-factor authentication. The company’s award-winning platform uses any phone as a second form of authentication. PhoneFactor’s out-of-band architecture and real-time fraud alerts provide strong security for healthcare, enterprise, banking, and website applications. It is easy and cost-effective to set up and deploy to large numbers of geographically diverse users. PhoneFactor was recently named to the Bank Technology News FutureNow list of the top 10 technology innovators securing the banking industry today and a finalist in the SC Magazine Reader Trust Awards. Learn more at www.phonefactor.com.

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