eBay adds support for Touch ID, introduces new ‘One Time Password’ login method


After releasing major updates to its apps on both Android and iOS back in May, eBay has just updated its apps yet again to introduce brand new features. For iPhone and iPad users, that includes long-awaited supported for Touch ID as well as the addition of eBay’s new “One Time Password” login method.

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First let’s talk about “One Time Password.” This new optional login method removes the need to enter your eBay login information. To confirm your identity, eBay will send a one time text message with a confirmation code to the users smartphones. Once that code has been retrieved and entered, that device won’t require a password in order to sign in. This feature will be available on iOS, the web, and on Android.

Alongside “One Time Password,” eBay has also finally added support for Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor. While the previous feature will remove the need for passwords all together, Touch ID support will allow users a bit more confidence in the security on their eBay account.

“One Time Password and Touch ID Authentication eliminates the need to remember your password when you want access to the eBay Marketplace,” said Dave Comer, Senior Director, Identity and Member Communication Product Management at eBay. “We all use so many applications that require passwords and login information that it is impossible for users to remember them all. We want to eliminate the friction entirely.”

Both of these new features are available in the latest version of the official eBay app for iOS on the App Store. For Android users, eBay has also just added support for the Android Wear platform following the release of an Apple Watch app last summer.

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