Authy wants to make it easier to use two-factor authentication

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No more Celebgates. 

If the CelebGate leak taught us anything, it is that two-factor authentication is the way to go. A new startup service called Authy aims to capitalize on the newfound interest in this form of security, and it just raised several million dollars to realize its goal.

Authy’s innovations are twofold. For consumers, it offers desktop and mobile apps that will aggregate all of the code generators that they use to access sites protected by two-factor authentication. For developers, it offers a small block of code that allows any website’s login system to use Authy’s two-factor authentication platform.

The Wall Street Journal reports that investors have poured $3 million in seed capital into the San Francisco-based service.

“Rolling your own Two-Factor Authentication is hard and even a simple mistake could be a serious security vulnerability,” the company’s developer page says. “Authy has been externally tested and validated. We take security very seriously.”

According to the Journal, Authy will use its seed funding for hiring, new feature development, and wider promotion of its offerings.

Authy is not without a business model, as the Journal explains: “The company generates revenue through its API, charging developers or companies the first time one of their users registers to access to their site via Authy, and then a smaller fee for each time a user logs in with Authy.”

The service isn’t new—it’s been around since at least June 2011, when it launched its Twitter account—but this latest round of funding, coupled with widespread attention to the need for two-factor authentication, will likely raise its profile and user base dramatically.

H/T Wall Street Journal | Photo via Dave Crosby/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Eric Geller

Eric Geller

Eric Geller is a politics reporter who focuses on cybersecurity, surveillance, encryption, and privacy. A former staff writer at the Daily Dot, Geller joined Politico in June 2016, where he's focused on policymaking at the White House, the Justice Department, the State Department, and the Commerce Department.