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Issue Date: Vol. 51, No. 8, August 2011, Posted On: 7/17/2011

AprivaPay Android Smartphone Utility Wins appSecure Certification

Tim Sanford
vending, vending machine, vending machine business, automated retailing, Apriva, AprivaPay, Android, smartphone, mobile payment, Paul Coppinger, viaForensics, appSecure, Andrew Hoog, cashless vending

SCOTTSDALE, AZ -- Apriva, a provider of end-to-end wireless transaction and secure information messaging solutions, reports that its AprivaPay mobile card payment application for Android smartphones has earned the highly regarded appSecure certification. The certification was issued after rigorous evaluation of the methods used within AprivaPay to prevent exposure or disclosure of sensitive or private transaction data used in processing card-based payments on an Android-based device.

AprivaPay is a full-featured payment application designed for both smartphones and browser-based mobile phones. The smartphone version of AprivaPay is compatible with numerous devices including the Apple iPhone, Microsoft Windows Mobile devices, Research in Motion's BlackBerry and Google Android-based instruments. It provides a number of features, including integration with optional printers and readers, as well as other functionalities that enable merchants to better serve customers.

"Everyone involved in a card transaction, from the consumer all the way to the issuing bank, is increasingly concerned with protecting card numbers and private information," said Apriva president Paul Coppinger "We engaged viaForensics to verify that AprivaPay not only met our internal standards, but was also secure in the face of a multitude of creative and rigorous attacks and attempted exploits. I am pleased that our application passed these exacting tests."

Chicago-based viaForensics provided a full forensic audit of the AprivaPay app, which leveraged advanced forensics and security techniques to ensure customers' sensitive data is protected. As a part of the appSecure certification process, viaForensics employed a battery of tests and evaluations including code analysis, operational security testing, deep inspection of permanently and temporarily stored data, and encryption methodology.

Andrew Hoog, viaForensics chief investigative officer, pointed out that while consumers are demanding the convenience and power of mobile applications for finance and commerce, the security methods traditionally used to protect and evaluate such applications in the Web environment do not always apply to the technical landscape of the mobile phone platform.

According to Hoog, Apriva "went the extra mile" to make sure AprivaPay is not vulnerable to exploitation. "Our testing procedures have demonstrated that this particular app maintains the highest standard of security," he said.

AprivaPay is designed for sales personnel who conduct business on a route or in temporary or mobile facilities unsuited to landline connections. It enables route drivers, concession-stand operators and many others to offer their customers the convenience of cashless payment with major credit and debit cards.

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