Reed McGinley-Stempel

Web3 and the future of data portability: rethinking user experiences and incentives on the internet

Web3’s fundamental improvements to data portability and user authentication enable new, exciting experiences, but solvable shortcomings remain. Tech conversations are now peppered with a new, contentious buzzword: Web3, and we’re all likely to hear a lot more of it in the coming years. It’s an umbrella term for disparate ideas all pointing in the direction of …

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Introducing Log in with Ethereum

Unlock Web3 via Stytch without having to touch a blockchain. Stytch is on a mission to eliminate friction from the internet and we’re thrilled to launch our first passwordless authentication solution for Web3—Log in with Ethereum. Log in with Ethereum makes crypto wallet authentication seamless, for both engineers and end users, and supports passwordless authentication …

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Introducing TOTP Authentication for Next-Level Security

Today, we’re excited to introduce TOTP (time-based one-time passcodes), an important passwordless two-factor authentication option that can be used in situations where you need high security assurance. TOTP authentication solutions are ideal for particularly sensitive use cases that are also highly attractive to attackers in terms of the potential payoff they offer–think money movement in …

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An Introduction to WebAuthn

An example of the WebAuthn user flow on mobile or desktop. WebAuthn makes it easy for users to authenticate with device biometrics (e.g. FaceID/TouchID) or a hardware key like a YubiKey. “WebAuthn” is one of the most exciting passwordless technologies available to developers and users. With WebAuthn, experiences like the below are now possible, allowing …

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Improving Conversion with Google One Tap 

Today, we’re excited to launch support for Google One Tap, a passwordless technology that can significantly improve sign-up and login conversion for applications.  Google One Tap is a particularly powerful way to improve onboarding and login flows, and companies that have done the heavy lifting to integrate it have observed impressive results: Pinterest saw a …

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A guide to passwordless authentication solutions by business vertical

You’ve just decided to go passwordless (an excellent choice), and now it’s time to figure out which passwordless authentication solution is right for your business. There are many options on the table, including email magic links, SMS one-time passcodes, WebAuthn, OAuth, and multifactor flows using a combination of these methods. To help you navigate options, …

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How Just-in-Time Authentication Boosts Security and Conversion

Route-based, incremental verification offers apps a smarter way to manage user access. Securing your app shouldn’t come at the cost of usability. Front-loaded, application-based authentication methods have long dominated the security landscape. But these high-friction flows are tedious for users and can negatively impact their experience and your conversion rates. Now, route-based models are making …

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Forget the Password Reset Flow as You Know It

For those still using password-based authentication, implementing a password reset flow can be a frustrating step. Not only is it a headache to build, but it introduces unnecessary friction to the user experience and frequently results in users abandoning the interaction. A password reset flow is essentially a passwordless login with many additional steps tacked …

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