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A 2,152-percent growth rate powered Payfone to the number 72 spot!

 

NEW YORK (November 9, 2017) – Leading digital identity authenticator Payfone today announced that it is a winner of Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500™, a ranking of the 500 fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and energy tech companies in North America. The New York City-based firm, which helps companies to protect their users and bottom lines with its patented technology that thwarts identity theft and mobile account takeover attacks, achieved a 2,152% growth in revenue between 2013 and 2016, making Payfone the 72nd fastest growing technology company in North America during that period. The win marks an important milestone for Payfone along its trajectory toward hitting 50,000,000 authentication events per day for Fortune 100 clients, including 6 of the top 10 U.S. banks, by year-end. Recent additions to Payfone’s client list include a leading cryptocurrency exchange, a rapidly growing luxury retailer, and one of the world’s largest insurance companies.

 

“We are absolutely thrilled to have ranked amongst the top 100 fastest growing companies on the prestigious Deloitte Technology Fast 500™ list,” said Rodger Desai, Chief Executive Officer of Payfone. “To be mentioned alongside game-changing companies like ClassPass and Foursquare is a testament to the Payfone team’s untiring commitment to helping enterprises protect their users against cyber fraud and our emergence as the new standard for identity authentication. This win will only serve as fuel for our team to keep innovating and pushing the bar higher in our mission to create a safer and friendlier digital world where companies and people can interact without fear.”

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“Being recognized on the Deloitte Technology Fast 500™ list is validation of our team’s hard work and passion for building a new paradigm for identity authentication – one that allows enterprises to protect their users while also delivering the best possible user experience,” said Tom FitzSimmons, Payfone’s Chief Financial Officer. “Our significant revenue growth is strong evidence that our patented next-generation technology is providing value for our clients and their users.”

 

For more than 20 years, Deloitte has recognized the fastest growing public and private technology companies in North America. The 2017 Technology Fast 500 Companies were judged based on revenue growth from 2013 to 2016, with median growth of 378 percent.

 

About Payfone | Delight users. Defeat hackers.
Payfone is the leader in mobile and digital identity authentication for the connected world. We are trusted by the world’s largest banks, insurers, brokerages and technology companies to instantly authenticate new user account openings, mobile and web logins, text and chat sessions, and inbound and outbound call center calls. It’s all done through our patented platform, which dynamically analyzes millions of digital signals against multiple authentication factors to generate our proprietary Trust Score for each mobile identity—the only measure of mobile and digital trust of its kind on the market today. Learn more at ogkaura.wpengine.com.

 

About Deloitte’s 2017 Technology Fast 500™
Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 provides a ranking of the fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and energy tech companies — both public and private — in North America. Technology Fast 500 award winners are selected based on percentage fiscal year revenue growth from 2013 to 2016.

 

In order to be eligible for Technology Fast 500 recognition, companies must own proprietary intellectual property or technology that is sold to customers in products that contribute to a majority of the company’s operating revenues. Companies must have base-year operating revenues of at least $50,000 USD, and current-year operating revenues of at least $5 million USD. Additionally, companies must be in business for a minimum of four years and be headquartered within North America.

 

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One of the highly-anticipated iPhone X‘s most interesting new features is Face ID, the ability to unlock the phone using facial recognition software. But what would happen if your phone fell into the hands of an “evil twin” with nearly the same face as you? TIME Magazine reporter Aric Jenkins asked Payfone CEO Rodger Desai to weigh in:

But ultimately, you may not have to worry about an evil twin because other forms of authentication for the iPhone could emerge, according to Rodger Desai, CEO of mobile authentication provider Payfone. Technology that can recognize how you hold your phone and type can properly identify ownership, he said.

“The larger problem is fraud for when the twin will pretend it happened when it didn’t,” Desai added. “And just like a credit card, if I say it was fraud one time, the company will forgive. But do it three times in a row and they’ll cancel it.”

Read the full article at TIME

 

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As data breaches create new opportunities for hackers, the identity authentication leader is seeing staggering interest from businesses looking to protect their users

NEW YORK, (September 12, 2017)Payfone, the world’s leading invisible multi-factor authentication solution, announced today that it is poised to reach 50,000,000 authentication events per day by year-end. The New York City-based firm helps companies to protect their users and bottom lines with its patented technology that thwarts identity theft and mobile account takeover attacks. Payfone delivers seamless and secure identity authentication for many of the world’s largest companies, including 6 of the top 10 banks in the United States. Recent additions to their client list include the leading cryptocurrency exchange, a rapidly growing luxury retailer, and one of the world’s largest insurance companies.

“Our mission is to be the new standard for mobile and digital identity authentication. The adoption of Payfone among the Fortune 100 means we are well on our way to achieving this goal,” said Rodger Desai, Chief Executive Officer, Payfone. “A key obstacle in further accelerating this standard has been the lack of harmony in the capabilities and data privacy frameworks of the US mobile operators. The mobile authentication taskforce that the US mobile network operators announced this past week is strong evidence that these partners are committed to supporting us for the long haul.”

Payfone pioneered the disruption of the multi-factor authentication industry by making a contrarian bet that a more secure form of identity authentication could be performed silently, without any intervention by the end-user (thus eliminating the opportunity for hackers to employ social engineering). Unlike other 2FA and MFA solutions, which require the user to enter passwords, send one-time SMS passcodes or answer knowledge-based questions, Payfone’s solution works invisibly in the background at the time of a transaction, allowing a more effortless experience for users that is simultaneously safer. The company architected partnerships with the top mobile carriers in the United States in order to build its robust analytics platform, which uses a combination of SIM card recognition, ground truth data sources and advanced algorithms to determine whether someone who is signing into an account is actually the user and not a fraudster.

About Payfone | Delight users. Defeat hackers.
Payfone is the leader in mobile and digital identity authentication for the connected world. We are trusted by the world’s largest banks, insurers, brokerages and technology companies to enable effortless user experiences by instantly authenticating new user account openings, mobile and web logins, text and chat sessions, and inbound and outbound call center calls. It’s all done through our patented platform, which dynamically analyzes millions of digital signals against multiple authentication factors to generate our proprietary Trust Score for each mobile identity—the only measure of mobile and digital trust of its kind on the market today. Learn more at ogkaura.wpengine.com.

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Yuka Yoneda
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Desai will share insights into how the identity authentication leader, which is on track to authenticate 50,000,000 transactions a day for top banks, insurers, and cryptocurrency and high-tech companies in the U.S., is extending its capabilities internationally

SAN FRANCISCO (September 12, 2017) – Payfone, the world’s leading invisible multi-factor authentication company, announced that its chief executive officer, Rodger Desai, will be speaking today at Mobile World Congress Americas 2017 in San Francisco. Desai will be presenting at the event as part of a discussion entitled Global Mobile Connect deployments – showcasing successful commercial models and cross border initiatives at 2-3pm at the Moscone Center. The talk will highlight Payfone and Mobile Connect’s roles as pioneers in breaking down borders to extend the reach of its patented identity authentication technologies across the globe.

“As we’ve seen from recent events, seamless and secure identity authentication and the protection of data is more crucial now than ever,” said Rodger Desai, Chief Executive Officer, Payfone. “Payfone is on track to analyze 50,000,000 authentication events a day in the United States and now we’re breaking down borders to bring our patented technology to 35 worldwide markets.”

Produced by the GSMA in partnership with CTIA, the inaugural Mobile World Congress Americas conference will take place from September 12-14 in San Francisco. The event will feature a program of C-level speakers and leading industry experts. An estimated 30,000 people are expected to attend.

About Payfone | Delight users. Defeat hackers.
Payfone is the leader in mobile and digital identity authentication for the connected world. We are trusted by the world’s largest banks, insurers, brokerages and technology companies to enable effortless user experiences by instantly authenticating new user account openings, mobile and web logins, text and chat sessions, and inbound and outbound call center calls. It’s all done through our patented platform, which dynamically analyzes millions of digital signals against multiple authentication factors to generate our proprietary Trust Score for each mobile identity—the only measure of mobile and digital trust of its kind on the market today. Learn more at ogkaura.wpengine.com.

Press Contact:
Yuka Yoneda
yyoneda@payfone.com
212.614.6927

The mobile identity authentication leader is showcasing how its next-generation mobile authentication solution thwarts SMS Hijacks while also providing a faster and frictionless user experience

SHANGHAI, CHINA (June 29, 2017)Payfone, the leader in mobile identity authentication for digital channels, kicked off Day 2 of Mobile World Congress Shanghai by demonstrating how its Instant Authentication for Mobile solution thwarts SMS Hijack and SMS-forwarding attacks. The company’s proprietary technology prevents these types of attacks by replacing easy-to-intercept OTPs for an enhanced user experience that is safer, frictionless and up to 10x faster.

The tradeoff between security and convenience is one that companies have always struggled with—how can experiences be made more secure without also making things more cumbersome for users? Payfone Instant Authentication for Mobile is security that actually increases convenience.

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“SMS hijack attacks are a blaring wake-up call about the dangers of sending one-time SMS passcodes,” said Rodger Desai, Chief Executive Officer, Payfone. “Our Instant Authentication for Mobile solution prevents these types of hacks and moves towards the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)’s recommendation to deprecate SMS one-time passcodes as a second factor of authentication.”

In addition to eliminating the risk of SMS Hijack attacks, Payfone’s Instant Authentication for Mobile solution allows users to avoid the clumsy back-and-forth process of using one-time passcodes. Payfone Instant Authentication for Mobile is the culmination of expertise gained from strategic relationships working directly with the United States’ top 4 mobile network operators and the fraud departments at the top banks in the U.S. The technology is already being utilized by some of the most forward-thinking companies in the United States.

In early June, Payfone was announced as the authentication provider for Zelle, the new mobile P2P payments platform formed the top 30+ banks in the United States. Zelle is protected by Payfone Instant Authentication for Mobile.

To learn more about Instant Authentication for Mobile, email sales@payfone.com.

About Payfone
Payfone is the leader in mobile and digital identity authentication for the connected world. We are trusted by the world’s largest banks, insurers, brokerages and technology companies to enable effortless customer experiences by instantly authenticating new user account openings, mobile and web logins, text and chat sessions, and inbound and outbound call center calls. It’s all done through our patented platform, which dynamically analyzes millions of digital signals against multiple authentication factors to generate proprietary Trust Scores for mobile identities—the only measure of mobile and digital trust of its kind on the market today. Learn more at ogkaura.wpengine.com.

Press Contact:
Yuka Yoneda
yyoneda@payfone.com
212.614.6927

SHANGHAI, CHINA (June 28, 2017) – Mobile identity authentication leader Payfone marked its entry into the global market today by showcasing its “one-time passcode-killer” technology for the first time at Mobile World Congress Shanghai in Shanghai, China. Directly addressing the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)’s recommendation to deprecate one-time SMS-based passcodes as a channel for second-factor authentication, Payfone’s Instant Authentication for Mobile replaces cumbersome and easily hackable one-time passcodes for a user experience that is easier, safer and up to 10x faster. The technology is already being utilized by top banks in the United States, with plans to expand to 35 new global markets.

“Effortlessness is one of the key KPIs that will decide the order of the next Fortune 100 list, but all too many companies are still sacrificing user experiences for the sake of security by using one-time passcodes,” said Rodger Desai, Chief Executive Officer, Payfone. “Payfone’s Instant Authentication solution overcomes this historical trade-off by replacing cumbersome OTPs for a user experience that is up to 10x faster. We invite attendees of Mobile World Congress Shanghai to meet with us at the GSMA Innovation City as we showcase the unparalleled speed and effortlessness of Payfone’s Instant Authentication technology to the public for the very first time.”

Visit Payfone at the GSMA Innovation City (Hall W3) during Mobile World Congress Shanghai from June 28-July 1 to see a demo of how much faster Payfone’s Instant Authentication for Mobile is compared to traditional OTP.

To learn more about Instant Authentication for Mobile, email sales@payfone.com.

About Payfone
Payfone is the leader in mobile and digital identity authentication for the connected world. We are trusted by the world’s largest banks, insurers, brokerages and technology companies to enable effortless customer experiences by instantly authenticating new user account openings, mobile and web logins, text and chat sessions, and inbound and outbound call center calls. It’s all done through our patented platform, which dynamically analyzes millions of digital signals against multiple authentication factors to generate proprietary Trust Scores for mobile identities—the only measure of mobile and digital trust of its kind on the market today. Learn more at ogkaura.wpengine.com.

Press Contact:
Yuka Yoneda
yyoneda@payfone.com
212.614.6927

The mobile identity authentication leader is partnering with top mobile network operators to combat this dangerous scam

NEW YORK, NY (June 14, 2017)Payfone, the leader in mobile identity authentication for digital channels, announced today that it has secured a patent for a first-of-its-kind technology that thwarts SIM swap scams, one of the fastest-growing types of fraud plaguing consumers today. Payfone’s newly patented API-based solution detects and prevents SIM swap fraud by leveraging the company’s unique partnerships with the U.S.’s largest mobile network operators.

As the rate at which consumers engage with their banks, healthcare providers and retailers on mobile continues to grow, so does the sophistication of fraudsters and the tools at their disposal. SIM swap fraud is a dangerous new threat that has been robbing victims of their hard-earned savings and costing banks and other financial institutions billions of dollars. Payfone’s technology makes it impossible for hackers to complete these types of attacks. The API-based solution can immediately detect when a SIM card has been swapped and can notify the customer’s bank when this, or other high-risk/out-of-the-ordinary events occur. Because Payfone communicates in real-time with mobile network operators, it has the ability to know at any moment in time whether or not a SIM card has been swapped. Without Payfone, banks are flying blind—there is no way to detect when a customer’s SIM has been changed.

“We’re experts in mobile identity. We predicted that as chip cards rolled out in the U.S., fraudsters would attack two-factor solutions that secure banking, fintech and bitcoin services,” said Rodger Desai, Chief Executive Officer, Payfone. “Payfone’s newly patented mobile identity authentication solution thwarts these types of attacks before they can do harm by detecting suspicious SIM swaps as soon as they occur.”

SIM swap scams typically involve fraudsters impersonating customers in order to persuade customer service representatives to transfer the customer’s phone number to a new SIM card in the scammers’ possession. Once they have control of the customer’s phone number, the hackers then use it as a credential to take over the victim’s bank accounts. For more information about how SIM swap attacks work, read this report by Let’s Talk Payments.

While security is at the core of Payfone’s identity authentication tech, faster and more effortless user experiences are an additional benefit of the company’s behind-the-scenes authentication processes. Nine years ago, Payfone made a contrarian bet against more traditional digital security methods focused on blocking “bad actors”, instead focusing on a new approach that enables “good actors.” Until Payfone stepped in, the only options to prevent fraud involved ratcheting up security, having a massive call center to manage fraud, or purchasing dozens of tools designed to block fraudsters. These approaches aren’t only unsuccessful in terms of fighting hackers, they’re also detrimental to the user experience, which in turn eats away at businesses’ bottom lines.

“Consumers expect digital services to be effortless and secure. Yet security can often be cumbersome,” said David Birch, Global Ambassador, Consult Hyperion. “With new, cutting edge attacks such as SIM swaps, businesses need more and better security, which could mean more friction and therefore fewer customers. Payfone’s technologies deliver the security without the friction.”

Payfone takes a new approach based on positive rules; positive behavior and profiling good customers. As a result, Payfone processes over 10,000,000 transactions a day for the largest financial, healthcare and governmental organizations and is set to reach 50,000,000 transactions per day by year-end, enabling its clients to provide safer, faster and easier user experiences for their customers. The company’s proprietary platform processes millions of signals a day to authenticate and score transactions with unrivaled speed, safety and accuracy. Payfone’s investors include RRE Ventures, Opus Capital, Relay Ventures, Early Warning Services, American Express Ventures, Verizon Ventures, Rogers Venture Partners, BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners, Andrew Prozes, Strauss Zelnick, Maclab Development Group and Transaction Network Services. Business Insider Intelligence recently highlighted Payfone’s recent round of funding as one of the 10 largest US VC-backed fin-tech deals of Q1 2017.

About Payfone

Payfone is the leader in mobile and digital identity authentication for the connected world. We are trusted by the world’s largest banks, insurers, brokerages and technology companies to enable effortless customer experiences by instantly authenticating new user account openings, mobile and web logins, text and chat sessions, and inbound and outbound call center calls. It’s all done through our patented platform, Lotus, which dynamically analyzes millions of digital signals against multiple authentication factors to generate proprietary Trust Scores for mobile identities—the only measure of mobile and digital trust of its kind on the market today. Learn more at payfone.com.

Yuka Yoneda
yyoneda@payfone.com
212.614.6927

Payfone Helps Streamline the Consumer Enrollment Experience while Bringing More Trust to Person-to-Person (P2P) Transactions

 

NEW YORK, June 9, 2017 Payfone, a leader in mobile identity authentication for digital channels, today signed an agreement with Early Warning Services to provide mobile authentication technologies for Zelle. Payfone risk assessment solutions will help streamline consumer enrollment and transaction authentication processes, enabling more consumers to take advantage of the speed and simplicity of person-to-person (P2P) payments.

“Payfone’s solutions will significantly simplify the enrollment processes for millions of Zelle P2P users, while adding another layer of non-intrusive protection behind-the-scenes for Zelle,” said Eric Woodward, group president of the Risk Solutions business at Early Warning. “Payfone brings together data from across the mobile ecosystem – networks, devices, users – to help us assess enrollment and transaction risk almost instantly. This helps us balance the requirements for speed and security in the faster payments space.”

“Faster payments require instant mobile authentication, which Payfone is uniquely positioned to provide,” said Rodger Desai, CEO, Payfone. “Collaborating with Early Warning to help add further seamless security to Zelle is a shining example of how Payfone makes customer transactions safer and smoother.”

Payfone processes over 10,000,000 transactions a day for the largest financial, healthcare and governmental organizations and is set to reach 50,000,000 transactions per day by year-end, enabling its clients to provide safer, faster and easier user experiences for their customers. The company’s proprietary analytics engine processes millions of signals a day to authenticate and score transactions with unrivaled speed, safety and accuracy.

Payfone’s investors include RRE Ventures, Opus Capital, Relay Ventures, Early Warning Services, American Express Ventures, Verizon Ventures, Rogers Venture Partners, BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners, Andrew Prozes, Strauss Zelnick, Maclab Development Group and Transaction Network Services. Business Insider Intelligence recently highlighted Payfone’s recent round of funding as one of the 10 largest US VC-backed fin-tech deals of Q1 2017.

About Payfone
Payfone is the leader in mobile identity authentication solutions for the connected world. Payfone breaks down barriers for top financial, governmental, healthcare and tech companies, creating more welcoming and effortless customer experiences. Learn more at payfone.com.

About Early Warning
Creating the Future of Payments™ – Early Warning delivers innovative payment and risk solutions to financial institutions nationwide. For over 25 years, Early Warning has been a leader in technology that helps money move easier, faster, and safer. Learn more at earlywarning.com.

Payfone Announces Two Major Milestones with Tier-1 U.S. Banks and GSMA Mobile Connect

 

Payfone, a leading Mobile Authentication company that helps financial services customers identify their mobile users, made two major announcements at this year’s Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona. First, the company announced that they have deployed at an additional Tier-1 Bank in the U.S., bringing the total number of active mobile banking accounts protected by Payfone in the United States to over 50,000,000. Second, they announced that they would be demonstrating how these same capabilities can be used in concert with the GSMA’s Mobile Connect platform at this year’s Mobile World Congress event.

“We consider getting each bank live to be a major milestone,” said Payfone CEO Rodger Desai, “and we are excited to announce that with the most recent U.S. Tier-1 bank going live on our platform, we are well on our way to our goal of authenticating 50,000,000 transactions daily in the United States for our banks and other customers.” At Money20/20 last year, Payfone announced that they plan to process over 3 billion authentications in 2016. Adding an additional Tier-1 bank is strong evidence of progress towards that goal and speaks to the strength of Payfone’s strategic alliance with Early Warning.

Having worked closely with dozens of Mobile Networks Operators around the world on secure integrations for more than 5 years, Payfone is now working with the GSMA, the association that represents the interests of all Mobile Operators worldwide, to bring its authentication and mobile intelligence services to their Mobile Connect Platform. Mobile Connect creates a unified global sign-on platform that service providers can use to authenticate consumers.

At Mobile World Congress, Payfone and the GSMA will showcase a live demonstration of how Payfone’s Mobile Intelligence Attributes can provide best-in-class security to Mobile Connect Logins. While the Login is in process, Payfone’s Mobile Intelligence will utilize Mobile Network Operator network attributes and Payfone’s proprietary engine to delineate between good customers, who should receive a VIP path, and likely fraudsters, who should be flagged for further authentication. This information is passed via JSON API to Payfone’s customers.

Live demonstrations can be observed at the Mobile Connect booth inside Innovation City at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

About Payfone

Payfone is a leader in Mobile Identity Authentication. Payfone’s suite of network authentication services provides unparalleled mobile security while eliminating friction from the customer experience. The company is backed by leading venture firms, financial institutions, Mobile Network Operators, and Early Warning and is based in New York. Follow Payfone on Twitter @payfone.

Payfone Wins Twice: Best Customer Security And Best Over-The-Top (OTT) Monetization Awards in the Fourth Annual Fierce Innovation Awards: Telecom Edition

 

Payfone (ogkaura.wpengine.com), the leader in Mobile Identity Authentication., announced today that it has been recognized by this year’s Fierce Innovation Awards: Telecom Edition, a unique industry awards program powered by the publishers of FierceWireless, FierceTelecom and FierceCable. Payfone received top honors in the Customer Security category, as well top honors in the Over-The-Top (OTT) Monetization category. Payfone is being recognized for its industry-leading and innovative suite of network authentication services that provides unparalleled mobile security while eliminating friction from the customer experience.

Winners were selected by an exclusive panel of judges which included: Jeff Cologna, Strategic Partnerships, U.S. Cellular Product & Innovation; Andrew Ip, Senior Vice President of Optimum Labs, Cablevision System Corporation; Dan Murphy, Director, Verizon Innovation Program; Mattias Fridström, Vice President & Head of Technology, TeliaSonera International Carrier; Robert Howald, Vice President of Network Architecture, Comcast; Ron Marquardt, Ph.D., Vice President of Technology, Innovation & Architecture, Sprint; David A. Mayo, Senior Vice President of Technology, T-Mobile USA; and Michael Weston, Senior Executive, Verizon.

Judges evaluated submissions based on technology innovation, financial impact, market validation, ability to integrate into existing network environments, and end-user customer experience.

Payfone’s Mobile Identity Authentication leverages the security used by Mobile Network Operators and extends it to financial institutions and businesses to create secure, frictionless and personal mobile experiences. With the continued development and expansion across channels, Payfone is working to create an unprecedented level of mobile trust in all manner of interactions in mobile banking, retail, hi-tech, healthcare and payments.

“When you can trust your customer, their devices and the transaction,” said Payfone CEO, Rodger Desai, “you not only create secure interaction, but you lay the foundation for breakthrough customer experiences, which mobile is desperately waiting for.”

About Payfone

Payfone is a leader in Mobile Identity Authentication. Payfone’s suite of network authentication services provides unparalleled mobile security while eliminating friction from the customer experience. The company is backed by leading venture firms, financial institutions, Mobile Network Operators, and Early Warning and is based in New York. Follow Payfone on Twitter @payfone.

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