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Say hello to Rublon; a new way to stay secure with your Windows Phone

Two factor security authentication isn’t a new concept to secure online information and data, but it has never been convenient. I used to play World of Warcraft (Horde FTW), and used Blizzard’s authentication tool to log into my account and keep it secure – there is nothing worse than someone stealing gold you quested all day for.

The Blizzard application for WoW was cumbersome and became an annoyance to constantly use. Before that, I used a physical authenticator keychain to gain access to my PayPal account – an even more painful experience. One company, Adips, believes they have the solution and it’s called Rublon; an easy form of authentication that uses your own Windows Phone to gain access to what you treasure the most.

Rublon makes use of QR codes in a way that geeks can finally get excited. You know QR codes right? Those barcodes that look like a tiny maze; you can usually find them on advertisement posters around the world – not that anyone uses them. With Rublon, QR codes have a practical application and make signing into trusted sites easier than ever before, and let’s not forget, more secure.

Using Rublon with your Windows Phone is a three step process. First, find a website that supports Rublon and check to enable it. Second, confirm your identity with your Windows Phone by scanning a onetime QR code. Finally, select “Yes” to add the smartphone you just scanned with to a list of trusted devices.

Note that you don’t have to scan the QR code every time you sign in, only when you sign in from a new device that has not been “Trusted” yet. For example, let’s say Windows Phone Central decided to integrate Rublon into our sign in process – after enabling the security feature, you would be prompted to scan the QR code with your smartphone and BAM, you never have to scan it again unless you decide to use an unknown computer.

The best part of the application (besides that it is on Windows Phone), is that unlike physical authentication devices offered by other companies, you always have your phone with you. If you lose your smartphone by and chance – simply login to the Rublon main site from a trusted device and you’re all set.

In our testing with the Windows Phone application, the QR code scanning was extremely fast and accurate. The app itself feels stable and well designed – no cutting corners here. If we are going to get picky, we could mention that we wish the app itself had a little bit more modern design, but it is not anywhere near being a deal breaker.

So you love the idea, but there is one problem – not many sites use Rublon. The security implementation itself is available for WordPress and according to CEO, Michal Wendrowski, “Other plugins are in the works. That’s one of our priorities right now”.

Send your favorite site admins an email and see if they might want to implement Rublon. Finally a two factor authentication system that makes sense – and it’s on Windows Phone (as well as Blackberry, Android, and iOS)! If you want to check out Rublon for yourself, you can download the app here at the (opens in new tab) Windows Phone Store then head to to setup your account.  The app is available for both Windows Phone 8 and 7.x devices.

What do you think about a system like Rublon – would you like to see us implement it here on Windows Phone Central?

  • Horde FTW
  • For the alliance!
  • Leeeerrrrroooooyyyyy JJJeeeennnnnkkkkiiiinnnssssss!!!!
  • Oh my god did he just run in? Damn it Leroy!!
  • Stick to the Plan!
  • For the Alliance! (Night Elf Druid and Draenei Shaman)
  • I just want the same RFC implementation for two-factor auth. I don't need or want a dozen different ways to do it.
  • Exactly. And with Microsoft's two step and app passwords, and the authenticator app ( which not work for me even after a repeated setup). This is a good service by theory, however I think MS will integrate/replace their readily available "single sign on" service with their version.
  • If it has been out for iOS & Android for a while already and still hasn't caught on... (I don't know how long its been out though, maybe it's kinda new).
  • This is not unlike trusted-network-device "two-factor" authentication many banks and others sites use. Basic premise is that in addition to your primary credential you also have another token that indicates that the logon occurred from a trusted device which must "mean it's valid." A fairly valid assumption, provided your physical device isn't compromised. The mechanism isn't new, the delivery mechanism is: QR code versus some code a bank text/emails you, calla you, etc.
  • I downloaded, but there are two questionable conditions in the terms. You are required to have a PIN on your device (sensible,) and you are required to have virus protection on your device (impossible on windows phone.) Wonder if that gives them an out?
  • That's a good one, virus on windows phone,,the only virus it could get would be my cold I have now.
  • Ha, damn androids, 75-80 % marketplace apps are viruses,and up 580% in one year.
  • Hello Justin429
    try NetQin Anti virus 
    and I dont know whether it 'll work
  • Hello, my name is jlynnm350z, you can call me jlynnm350.
  • You must be the one who is attempting to sell the WOW account I don't have. Please stop sending me emails.
  • No
  • Yes WPC implement Rublon
  • Hello everyone love these windows phones
  • So... Basically, it's exactly like Microsoft's own Authenticator app, but made by a different service and has more websites that support it?
  • Less.
  • Really? Oh, then the point of this service is?
  • Great idea probz not gonna get popular, same fate like unification?
  • Eh, I'd prefer to scan the QR code every time. Not having to use two factor (even on a trusted device) defeats the purpose of having two factor.
  • Maybe you can select not to trust that device?