Online logins verified via smartphone

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Earlier this year we wrote about Keyfree Login, a browser add-on that unlocks users' online accounts only when their cell phone is in proximity. Now, a Las Vegas-based startup – LaunchKey – is hoping to make passwords redundant by verifying logins through smartphones. Using LaunchKey, accounts are linked to the users phone. The username is typed in when logging into a site and – instead of a prompt for a password on the screen – a notification on the handset appears. In order to proceed, a button is pressed to confirm the login or cancel the request. Security is increased…

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