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Jobs creation as tech firm does away with the need for login passwords

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Written by: Andrew Merrell | Posted 11 January 2018 8:07

Jobs creation as tech firm does away with the need for login passwords

If you have never wanted to embrace a tech company before and say ‘thank you’ Pixelpin might be about to change that - and it is not just because of the jobs it expects to create.

If passwords for on-line accounts and systems are the bane of your life this company, which has its headquarters in Cheltenham, has a solution.

It has removed the need for text-based passwords – also a major security threat to systems - and created a solution which allows you to log in using an image instead.

It is described as faster, easier and more secure than a traditional text password.

Not surprisingly it expects to experience some pretty fast growth as word gets out and that will result in job creation here in Gloucestershire and beyond.

Geoff Anderson (pictured above), who co-founded the firm with Brian Taylor, said: “We are currently about 15 people. We plan to expand in the second half of this year and get up to about 30 or 40 people. So in 12 months we will more than double in size.”

It has been some considerable effort to get the product ready for market with years of development.

“My background is in defence IT security and it was my business partner, Brian Taylor, who had the original idea. We set up the business in 2012,” said Mr Anderson, who explained the idea also won seed funding to help sustain it and grow in the early years.

Now 60 and with a grown-up family, he left a steady job to pursue the dream.

“It was not until 2015 that we had a product we could bring to market.”

The firm continues to develop the product and has had interest from financial institutions and companies in Japan and has set up an office in Tokyo and New York in readiness.

“We plan to raise an even bigger amount of money to help us grow further.”

A key vote of confidence has come from Gloucestershire itself, with the announcement at the end of last year that GFirst LEP, no less, had used the firm’s security system for its new website and online systems which operate across its county Growth Hubs.

The central Longlevens-based Growth Hub, a partnership between the Multi-million pound-rich local enterprise partnership and PixelPin, offers support to firm’s county-wide.

High profile password leaks causing mayhem for firms big and small never seem far from the news, which is just one of the motivations behind GFirst decision to seek out an alternative – leading it to PixelPin’s door.

Growth Hub customers now select four points on a preselected image to access their accounts. It is a system which works on any device using a touch screen or mouse and can be used to login to any application or system.

To find out about jobs in Gloucestershire visit Fish4Jobs

 

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