Confident Technologies Makes Its Debut in Restart of Vidoop’s Security Software

4/21/10Follow @bvbigelow

Curtis Staker tells me that Portland, OR-based Vidoop had a Web security idea that was just too good to let die. So Staker, a veteran software security executive, helped to acquire Vidoop’s assets in January, moved the software development operation to Solana Beach, CA, near San Diego, and today is launching the reincarnated business as Confident Technologies.

What’s the idea?

Instead of requiring online users to gain access to a secure website by providing a username and password, Confident Technologies has developed an alternative authentication process based on recognizing images. The company says its technology generates a unique, one-time access code each time a user seeks access to a secure website, yet Confident’s approach also is intuitive and easier for customers to remember.

Staker says the human brain has an easier time remembering images and broad categories, such as dogs, airplanes, and flowers, than remembering lengthy strings of letters and numbers—especially when many users must keep multiple user-password combinations for all the different sites they log onto. In terms of intuitive simplicity, Staker says, if you’re searching for your car in a big parking lot, is it easier for you to remember your license plate number, or what your car looks like?

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In announcing its business debut today, Confident Technologies says its approach makes life easier for online users by providing a randomly generated image to protect online transactions and sensitive information. With “image-based verification,” a user selects categories of images that are easy to remember, such as cars, airplanes, and insects, the first time he or she registers with a website, such as an e-commerce or online banking site. Then, every time the user logs into that website, he or she is presented with a grid of randomly generated images—each with a randomly generated number or letter overlaid on the photo. A user simply identifies the images that fit the previously selected categories.

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Bruce V. Bigelow is the editor of Xconomy San Diego. You can e-mail him at bbigelow@xconomy.com or call (619) 669-8788 Follow @bvbigelow

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