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Develops free, standard-compliant application for iPhone and Android devices
April 3, 2015
TOKYO-April 3, 2015-Internet Initiative Japan Inc. (IIJ, NASDAQ: IIJI, TSE1: 3774), one of Japan's leading Internet access and comprehensive network solutions providers, today announced that it launched the free "IIJ SmartKey" one-time password management application in the App Store and Google Play on April 1, 2015. The new application is an effective means of strengthening the security of user authentication for web services.
One-time passwords are disposable passwords that are valid for use only a single time. When verifying online identities for e-commerce transactions, social networking services, and the like, user authentication typically consists of inputting a user ID and a password. By adding a one-time password to this process and thus implementing two-factor authentication (two-step verification), the level of security can be increased, preventing unauthorized logins by impersonators and other breaches. IIJ SmartKey is a one-time password generation application for smartphones. The application can be used for two-factor authentication with a variety of web-based services that comply with the TOTP(*) standard. Multiple one-time passwords can be centrally managed on a single device.
The goal of two-factor authentication with one-time passwords is to prevent unauthorized use of passwords by third-parties. It is frequently employed in online transactions, such as Internet banking, that require the use of advanced security measures. Recently, general awareness of security has been on the rise, and one-time password authentication is increasingly being deployed in web-mail services and social networking sites. IIJ strove to meet these needs for stronger security and to enable customers of all sorts to feel secure while accessing online services when it developed the free application; the design and ease-of-use of the application were given full consideration.
|Application name||IIJ SmartKey|
|Standard||TOTP (RFC 6238)|
|OS compatibility||iPhone (iOS 8.1 or newer), Android (4.0 or newer)|
|One-time password digits||6 or 8|
|One-time password update period||10 seconds to 86,400 seconds|
|Languages||Japanese, English (localization scheduled for release in June)|
IIJ focused on ease-of-use when it designed the simple interface so that a wide variety of customers could use the application.
IIJ Secure MX Service (Spare Mail option), Amazon Web Services, Dropbox, Evernote, Facebook, Google Accounts, Google Apps for Work, Microsoft Accounts
|Step 1||Download the IIJ SmartKey application (free)
|Step 2||Log into the relevant web service which is compliant with two-factor authentication|
|Step 3||Read the displayed QR code on the web site and register it with IIJ SmartKey
From the next login, the one-time password that IIJ SmartKey issues will be required.
IIJ will continue to strive to enable customers to use Internet-based services even more securely.
Founded in 1992, IIJ is one of Japan's leading Internet-access and comprehensive network solutions providers. IIJ and its group companies provide total network solutions that mainly cater to high-end corporate customers. IIJ's services include high-quality Internet connectivity services, systems integration, cloud computing services, security services and mobile services. Moreover, IIJ has built one of the largest Internet backbone networks in Japan that is connected to the United States, the United Kingdom and Asia. IIJ was listed on the U.S. NASDAQ Stock Market in 1999 and on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange in 2006.
The statements within this release contain forward-looking statements about our future plans that involve risk and uncertainty. These statements may differ materially from actual future events or results. Readers are referred to the documents furnished by Internet Initiative Japan Inc. with the SEC, specifically the most recent reports on Forms 20-F and 6-K, which identify important risk factors that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements.
IIJ Corporate Communications
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