What the Heck is Zero-Trust Security?

Have you ever wondered why the state of cybersecurity is so screwed up?  Why is it so easy for bad actors and cyber-criminals to hijack systems and steal information?  Would you be surprised to learn the answer is because we designed it that way?  Computers, networks, operating systems and software were designed to work together as easily as possible, and were inherently  “trusted” by each other.  In the beginning, most systems ...

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Another Problem with MFA – Slow Adoption

Do the web sites your frequently visit offer two-factor authentication?  Have you enabled 2FA where it is available to you?  Is the particular implementation of 2FA or MFA security really adding any extra protection for you?   Not sure?  Please read on.

Password management company Dashlane recently ranked 34 of the top websites for their implementation of two-factor or multi-factor authentication options for their ...

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Google Blazes New Trails in Authentication

Two-factor and multi-factor authentication historically have been based on using two or more of three criteria:  something you know (passwords), something you have (security token) or something you are (biometrics such as fingerprints).  There have been two new additions to MFA criteria: something you do (keyboard cadence or mouse movement), and somewhere you are (geo-location through GPS or public IP address).

Google has been busy heightening the security for it’s account holders ...

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Better Two-Factor Security from Google Titan

This article is an amusing collision between our last two topics – the problems with two-factor and multi-factor authentication and our four-part story on Google’s data mining habits.  Google has developed and released their Titan MFA security key as a more secure way to implement multi-factor authentication that can’t be attacked through phishing and man-in-the-middle exploits.  So if you can stand ...

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Solving Problems with Multi-Factor Authentication

In our last post we looked at several problems you might encounter using two-factor or multi-factor authentication.  If you have two-factor authentication, or are thinking about using it, there are some additional steps you should take in case you lose your second factor and have to re-establish access.

  • How do I recover my account?  Learn this in advance of actual need.  Dig into your ...
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Problems with Multi-factor Authentication

I am admittedly a huge proponent of two-factor and multi-factor authentication.  For me, TFA, 2FA, and MFA have allowed the password some badly needed extended life as a secure authentication method.  With multi-factor authentication, losing your password to an attacker is not enough for them to gain access to and compromise a system, resource, or account.

Multi-factor authentication requires a user to log into ...

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Weekend Update

A quick Saturday digest of cybersecurity news articles from other sources.


Ten Tips for New Cybersecurity Pros (free PDF)

New to cybersecurity?  Building a successful cybersecurity career begins with taking good foundational steps. In this ebook, two InfoSec professionals share their advice for those just starting out.


Want a Great Job with the FBI?  Launch a Bot-Net

A la “Catch Me If You Can” Frank Abignale fame, ...

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Keeping Your Accounts Offline Is Not More Secure

You think you are the clever one because you never use the Internet for online banking, online shopping, or managing accounts like your retirement account, gas and electric utilities, telephone, cell phone, and Internet.  Open a Facebook account?  Never!  You think you are safer from account hijacking and identity theft because you never set up any online accounts.  If you don’t have it, they can’t hack it – right?  Wrong!

If you ...

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Weekend Update

A quick Saturday digest of cybersecurity news articles from other sources.


[INFOGRAPHIC] Introducing The Psychology of Passwords

From LastPass – It feels like almost every day there’s another data breach in the news, or a case of user credentials up for sale on the Dark Web. Despite the headlines, and repeated warnings from experts about weak passwords and the dangers of password reuse, users have yet to change their online ...

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Replacing Passwords and Pins with Icons

We have discussed the sorry state of passwords in many recent articles.  There is an alternative to passwords and pins that may be coming to a smartphone near you.  It is called SemanticLock and it uses emoji-like icons to unlock your smartphone.

Most smartphones go unsecured mainly because most people find it difficult to enter a password using the on-screen keyboard.  4 to 6 digit numeric PINs are slightly ...

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