- Apr 4, 2014
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SMS to be banned as two-factor authentication system in the US
The United States will soon ban SMS as a way to implement two-factor authentication.
there will never be a safeguard against human stupidity.
This article has not been written with much care. It should state that the US will ban two-factor authentication via [highlight]SMS MESSAGE[/highlight] (or SMS Text Message). SMS is a protocol used for SIM communication. SMS is perfectly capable of AES or PSKC over [highlight]OCRA[/highlight], which is banking grade encryption.
I think SA is the only place that uses SMS in conversation, which seems to be creating most of the confusion. It's the equivalent of saying "I'm sending you an SMTP" instead of email.
Are you suggesting that two-factor authentication systems in the US, currently require people to complete an authentication challenge by sending a "Text Message" instead of entering a code received via "Text Message"?
Considering that SMS is an abbreviation for Short Message Service, and while "SMS MESSAGE" does make sense (except for the CAPSLOCK), it would be less of a mouthful to say "Short Message" instead.