Identity management provider Janrain has announced what it says is the first anti-fraud, phone number-based detection built into this kind of service. The Portland, Oregon-based company enables a website visitor to use their Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or other social media credentials when they log in.
Director of Product Marla Hay told me that no other identity service, including the one from competitor Gigya, offers such a built-in, automatic anti-fraud scanning of a phone number. Phone numbers, she noted, tend to be more definitive identifiers than, say, email addresses.
Barry Levine covers marketing technology for Third Door Media. Previously, he covered this space as a Senior Writer for VentureBeat, and he has written about these and other tech subjects for such publications as CMSWire and NewsFactor. He founded and led the web site/unit at PBS station Thirteen/WNET; worked as an online Senior Producer/writer for Viacom; created a successful interactive game, PLAY IT BY EAR: The First CD Game; founded and led an independent film showcase, CENTER SCREEN, based at Harvard and M.I.T.; and served over five years as a consultant to the M.I.T. Media Lab. You can find him at LinkedIn, and on Twitter at xBarryLevine.