LaunchKey, the leading mobile authentication platform, is hosting a design contest aimed at challenging local engineers to come up with innovative transactions-based apps using its password-free, decentralized mobile authentication and authorization platform. The event will be held on November 7, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (PT) at LaunchKey's corporate headquarters in Las Vegas.
"LaunchKey got its start at a hackathon event, similar to this, winning first prize at Las Vegas Startup Weekend in 2012," said LaunchKey CEO Geoff Sanders. "We are really thrilled to be able to give back to the local engineering community by hosting this spirited competition, and more importantly, to see all of the creative and innovative ideas that come out of it."
Competitors at the LaunchKey event can compete individually or as a team. All entrants must build their solution using one of Launchkey's SDKs for Android, C#/.NET, iOS, Java, Node.js, PHP, Python, Ruby, or Windows Phone or by directly utilizing the LaunchKey API. A $100 cash prize will be awarded to the best implementations in both authentication and authorization as voted by LaunchKey judges. In addition, the event's participants will vote to select the winner of the "People's Choice Award," based on contestant presentations. To register for the event or for additional information, please go the event website at: http://hackauthon.com.
LaunchKey is a leader in decentralized, multifactor authentication solutions that allow users to mobile devices to authenticate transactions, rather than a password. A recent LaunchKey survey found that password-based authentication is no longer capable of meeting the demands of modern information security. According to survey data, an overwhelming 84% of respondents would support eliminating passwords all together. Additionally, more than three-fourths of those surveyed (76%) feel their data would be more secure with alternative forms of verification, such as those offered by LaunchKey.
The LaunchKey Client SDK for Java is one of LaunchKey’s original SDK clients. We are happy to announce that it recently received a full rewrite. The new LaunchKey SDK for Java was built from the ground up to provide as much flexibility as possible for high transaction implementations. At the the same time, simple factories were added that provide developers with the ability to quickly secure their Java based applications without having to get into the internal workings of the client.
This new major version of the LaunchKey SDK for Java will also be our first Long Term Support (LTS) version of the SDK. Long Term Support ensures that developers implementing this version of the SDK will be able to receive security patches and bug fixes long into the future.
The LaunchKey SDK for Java provides a simple interface for interacting with LaunchKey’s multi-factor authorization and authentication platform. The SDK provides both ease of use and extensibility to support the needs of novice to expert Java developers looking to secure their applications with a multi-factor passwordless solution.
For more information regarding the LaunchKey Java, please visit the documentation page.
We recently performed a survey asking respondents about passwords and attitudes towards alternatives. There we some surprising results, including the fact that more than 60% believe they have never been the victim of breach and 84% are ready for alternatives. Below you will find a sample of these findings. If you have any questions or comments regarding these results please contact us.
How many passwords would you guess that you currently have?
How do you remember your passwords?
Do you use the same passwords for multiple accounts?
Have you ever been the victim of a data breach or theft where your personal information (e.g., address, phone number, social security number, driver's license number, credit card number) was stolen?
Do you share any of your passwords?
Complete Survey Results
LaunchKey has just released it's first asynchronous Python SDK for the Twisted event-driven networking engine. This SDK is written to leverage the distinct capabilities of asynchronous I/O with Twisted in Python applications. The new SDK will allow Python developers of high volume network applications as well as IoT applications on emerging platforms to secure their applications with LaunchKey’s multi-factor authorization and authentication platform.
The Python SDK for Twisted is an Open Source Software (OSS) project with an MIT license and is a Long Term Support (LTS) release as a major version.
For more information regarding the LaunchKey Python SDK for Twisted, please visit the package page on PyPI.
With version 1.1.0, LaunchKey has added native WordPress support to its Client SDK for PHP. This update to the Client SDK for PHP will enable Plugin developers to leverage LaunchKey’s multi-factor authorization and authentication platform within their own plugins with the knowledge that the plugin will work on any installation supported by WordPress' own WP_Http HTTP client. As with the previous versions of the LaunchKey Client SDK for PHP, this new version provides both ease of use and extensibility to support the needs of novice to expert PHP developers building WordPress plugins.