OVERLAND PARK, KS -- (Marketwire) -- 12/04/12 -- PhoneFactor, Inc., a leading multi-factor authentication  provider recently acquired by Microsoft, today announced the availability of an authentication app for Windows Phone. The PhoneFactor App for Windows Phone extends the PhoneFactor platform to include yet another option for strongly authenticating access to both on-premises and cloud applications using the phone a person already carries.
It works by prompting the user to authorize account logins and financial transactions using the PhoneFactor App on his or her Windows Phone. The App can also be used to block illicit activity and alert the company's security response team. The PhoneFactor App is available for Windows Phone 7 and 8 as a free download from the Windows Store and can be used when the phone is connected to either a cellular or a Wi-Fi network. In offline mode, the PhoneFactor App can be used as a soft token  to generate a one-time passcode for authentication. PhoneFactor also offers authentication apps for iOS and Android devices, as well as phone call and text message options, to deliver a comprehensive authentication solution for enterprises and banks.
"By launching a PhoneFactor App for Windows Phone, we can now support the use of PhoneFactor authentication apps across all leading mobile platforms," said Timothy Sutton, PhoneFactor CEO. "PhoneFactor's broad suite of phone-based methods (phone call, text, and mobile apps) allows it to address a wide range of authentication scenarios making it the solution of choice for both end users and IT administrators."
PhoneFactor, a subsidiary of Microsoft, offers the most comprehensive phone-based authentication  platform in the marketplace. In addition to its flagship out-of-band  phone call, text message, and mobile authentication options, PhoneFactor offers a robust authentication platform featuring built-in support for leading on-premises and cloud applications, centralized user management, automated enrollment, user self-service, and extensive reporting capabilities. PhoneFactor is trusted by hundreds of leading organizations to help secure millions of logins and transactions each year. For more information, visit www.PhoneFactor.com  or follow PhoneFactor on Twitter @phonefactor .