By Claus E. Kotasek, CEO, SMS PASSCODE
Today is a big day for the team here at SMS PASSCODE as we release SMS PASSCODE 7.2.
As most of you will recall we released version 7.0 earlier this year, which introduced a number of unique features to the market. Features such as Secure Device Provisioning (included as standard in the SMS PASSCODE MFA license) that enables secure and convenient self-enrollment of ActiveSync devices into an organization without the need to contact IT. This greatly reduces the complexity IT administrators face around Bring Your Own Device, and the demand for this particular feature is growing rapidly as more and more users utilize the flexibility of using their own devices in the company IT environment offers. Another innovation we introduced was Contextual Message Dispatching (also referred to as Location Aware Dispatching) where the One-Time-Passcode (OTP) delivery method is determined by the location of where the user are, or any preferences the individual user may have. As an example, you can configure the system to prefer SMS over voice call dispatching during logins from Europe, while preferring voice call over SMS dispatching during logins from North and South America. Or you can send one-time-passcodes to your mobile phone by default, but perform a voice call to a fixed-line phone number when you are logging in from a branch office. The choice is yours as you have full flexibility to configure SMS PASSCODE to your particular requirements. Also after we added OATH token support, customers now benefit from an even broader range of OTP delivery methods. This was indeed an exciting milestone for us, and now it is with great pleasure that we make version 7.2 available for download.
Particularly our Password Reset Module has been enhanced with a number of rich features in version 7.2 making this product a truly unique and powerful solution for convenient and secure password reset.
The main issue with the various password reset solutions available on the market today is that they simply fail in the ‘real world’ as they are not convenient in the moment of truth when the user is locked out and needs to reset their password. With version 7.2 our Password Reset Module is simply deployed on your server without the need to deploy software on the user’s devices. In fact the user doesn’t even need to know about the solution, since SMS PASSCODE conveniently guides the user through the process of resetting the password when the problem arises. A message will be sent to the user’s mobile phone via SMS/text or email once the password is about to expire (e.g. 3 days before). Via a link in the message the user can take action and visit the password reset website directly from their mobile, tablet or PC, where he or she is then guided through the process of resetting the password.
Sounds good right? But wait there is more! The solution can be configured to adapt the level of authentication required to reset the password based on the location of the user. For example if the user is located in a trusted location such as inside the head office, then the old password is enough to successfully reset the password. Whereas if the user is trying to reset the password from a non-trusted location then a personal passcode and OTP would be required.