We all know that relying on a simple user ID and password combination is fraught with peril. One alternative is to use one of the single sign-on solutions we reviewed last year, but there are less expensive options that could also be easier to install. That’s where two-factor authentication services come into play. I recently reviewed eight such tools, including Celestix’s HOTPin, Microsoft’s PhoneFactor, RSA’s Authentication Manager, SafeNet’s Authentication Service, SecureAuth’s IdP, Symantec’s Validation and ID Protection Ser- vice (VIP), TextPower’s TextKey and Vasco’s Identikey Authentication Server. SecureAuth (illustrated) came out on top.
You can read my review in Network World here.