Berne, 28 September 2017
Virtually every month we hear about another big hacker attack. These attacks affect passwords, account data or even complete digital identities. Security solutions that deal with such problems are however often complex and difficult to apply. Wouldn’t it be great if all we had to do was remember a password and increase security at the same time? This is possible, because with Mobile ID everyone can authenticate themselves simply and quickly. All you need is a Mobile, a latest generation SIM card and a six-digit PIN. Mobile ID becomes the master key which you always have to hand.
Mobile ID is both a technology and a method for authentication, which is stored on the mobile phone's SIM card. The operating system of the phone is irrelevant. Unlike app solutions, no new authentication is needed when changing to a new phone, as this is linked to the SIM card. Mobile ID fulfils the highest security standards for two-factor authentication and is therefore even safer than a traditional bank login.
The service works for online banking, digital signatures, company VPNs and much more. For example, for accessing the PostFinance online banking portal or for logging in to the Swisscom customer portal. Further platforms are being added on a regular basis. It is therefore possible that, in future, we will release our tax returns via Mobile ID or an insurance contract in the online portal.
More than one million Mobile ID capable SIM cards are already being used in Swiss mobile phones. And, since 2014, Swisscom customers have also been able to benefit from this handy solution. This number is now set to increase: By autumn 2018, Swisscom will be sending out more than one million next generation SIM cards in stages. The service has been available with Sunrise since the end of 2014, and Salt intends to start offering Mobile ID capable SIM cards from 2018.
The ICT companies who are competitors with regard to core business work hand-in-hand when it comes to Mobile ID. Benoit Strölin, responsible for Mobile ID at Swisscom: "We wanted to give Mobile ID an identity which the customers recognise and which also stands for a strong partnership. Our joint project is a good example of intra-company collaboration when it comes to digitisation in Switzerland."