Compare SEON vs Ekata

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August 19, 2021 by SEON Team

Another fraud prevention firm making sizeable moves is the recently acquired Ekata. Read how their solutions stack up against SEON.

Disclaimer: Everything written about the companies mentioned in this article was gleaned from online research including user reviews. We did not have time to manually test all the tools. However, we ensured the information was correct as of Summer 2021. Feel free to contact us to request an update/correction.

About Ekata

Ekata provides global identity verification and fraud prevention solutions through an automated decisioning solution. Founded originally in 1997 under the name Whitepages, the company split into two identities back in 2019. 

In April 2021 they were acquired by payments giant MasterCard and some of their larger customers include Lyft, Equifax, and Microsoft.

Ekata Key products

    • A Transaction Risk API provides an overall network, IP and confidence risk score in under 100 ms tracking data points such as last seen emails location address and phone numbers. 
    • These are available as individual modules also through an Address Risk API and Phone Intelligence API.
  • Ekata has two onboarding APIs (Merchant and Account) both aimed at reducing friction.
  • Its Pro Insight tool is built especially for manual reviews and all of this is powered by their machine learning algorithms under the title the ‘Ekata Identity Engine’.

Pros of

Pros of Ekata

  • Expertise within the ecommerce sector.
  • Strong emphasis on manual reviews. 
  • Availability of modular solutions to have layered defences with other companies products. 
  • Graph visualization through ‘Ekata Identity Graph’ product.

Cons of

Cons of Ekata

  • Lack of real-time data accessibility which can be problematic for emerging markets. 
  • Proprietary database means the data stored can and will go stale over time.
  • No social media footprint checks.

SEON Vs Ekata Features Comparison Table

SEON Sense

Ekata

Data aggregation

IP Analysis Yes Yes                        
Email data enrichment  Yes Yes
Phone data enrichment Yes Yes
Find user social media Yes, checks 35+ platforms No
Device Fingerprinting Yes No
BIN for transaction Yes Yes
Behaviour tracking Yes, via custom rules Yes
User authentication Via cookie and browser hash Yes

Risk analysis

Custom rules Yes Yes
Machine learning suggestions Yes No
Industry preset rules Yes No
Risk score Yes Yes

Integration / deployment

API calls Yes Yes
Modular APIs Yes Yes
Custom API fields Yes No
GUI Yes Yes
Chrome extension Yes  No
Manual query Yes Yes
Graph visualisation No Yes
Reporting Yes No
Team management Yes Yes
Integration with other tools Yes, via Zapier Yes

Pricing

Chargeback guarantee No No
Free integration Yes Yes
Free support Yes Yes
Free trial Yes Yes
Cost per month N/A

Where SEON Wins Over Ekata

  • Access real-time data through our social media lookup tool helps give a direct overview of any customer coming to your site.
  • Device fingerprinting module blocks potential bad actors using VPNs, private browsers such as Tor or even incognito tabs.
  • Machine learning suggestions keep your solution customised for your business needs. 
  • Flexible startup mentality allows for more communication and flexibility.

Where Ekata Wins Over SEON

  • Expertise in ecommerce means many of their products are tailored for larger retailers. 
  • Forefront of payments technology following MasterCard takeover.
  • Graph visualisation gives room to view masses amounts of transactions in a digestible format.

G2 Comparison

seon vs ekata

SEON vs Ekata Conclusion

Choose SEON If:

You are looking for a more modern product stack that still enables you to layer defences but utilises OSINT and data enrichment effectively to create more of a holistic profile of the given customer.

EKATA

Choose Ekata If:

You are an enterprise ecommerce business handling huge amounts of data / transactions and looking for a solution that can approve orders fast based on its proprietary database. 

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