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Creating a Strong Password Policy - Complexity, Length, 2FA

Strengthening password policies is a major topic of debate these days.  Various sources for best practices have peaked out from every corner, each spouting something new.  While having options is a great thing in many cases, paralyzing users and admins with which ‘best practice’ is really best is another issue entirely.  Instead, I will take a look at the facts behind strengthening password...

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Tags: best practices, #cybersecurity, information security, MFA, Multi-Factor Authentication, #passwordmanagement, #passwords, PortalGuard, password complexity, password manager, SSPR, Two-Factor Authentication, #userexperience, university, end-users, password policy

SAML Single Logout vs Universal Logout: Need to Know

Enough with the articles about Single Sign-On! Much has been written about it and its undeniable benefits to both usability and security; users log into one, central website and receive unfettered access to a myriad of other web applications without encountering any other logon prompts. What about SAML Single Logout? After all, authentication is only the first half of the story.

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Tags: Identity Provider, SSO, Single-Factor Authentication, Two-Factor Authentication, #userexperience, web applications, Jump Page, SAML Single Logout, cookies, secure login, logging off

Custom Office 365 Login Branding - Trust and Consistency

When one hears the phrase Custom Office 365 Login Branding, the first thing to come to mind is likely nothing to do with trust.  However, regardless of your business or industry vertical, trust is a key component to maintaining lasting relationships both inside and outside your organization. With an application as prevalent as Office 365, a certain level of trust is established from the standard...

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Tags: #cybersecurity, information security, PortalGuard, SSO, office 365, SSPR, Two-Factor Authentication, #userexperience

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Password Reset from the Mac Desktop – Cross Platform Support

What exactly do you think of when you see the phrase Password reset from the Mac Desktop? There is obviously a connection to the Mac Keychain, but what does password reset on the Mac Desktop really look like?  On Windows, Desktop Password reset is a no-brainer – ask just about anyone and you’ll get a practically identical response: CTRL + ALT + DEL to reset your password. For Password Reset on...

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Tags: PortalGuard, SSPR

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PistolStar Inc. Is Proud to Announce: PortalGuard v5.6.4!

In an effort to provide our customers with the most secure and efficient product possible, the team behind PortalGuard is proud to announce the release of version 5.6.4!  This latest version of PortalGuard follows a recent round of penetration testing by Veracode – a third party solution brought in to ensure that PortalGuard is as secure as possible. As a result of that test, PortalGuard version...

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Tags: PortalGuard

2 Reasons Why Portal Login Announcements are Beneficial

Let’s be honest: the benefits of announcements are nothing new in the world of education.  Many applications and service providers have the option to implement announcements. However, these features often do not integrate well with the login process. On top of that, announcements are often lost among everything else that end-users are presented with. This leaves organizations with an interesting...

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Tags: Authentication, best practices, identity management, Industry Updates, information security, PortalGuard, Product Updates

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Windows Server 2016 Certification – PortalGuard v5.5

Windows Server 2016 Certification informs IT administrators and authorities alike that hardware components, software solutions, and other devices meet Microsoft’s standards for compatibility and Best Practices.  We are proud to announce that the latest version of PortalGuard meets Windows Server 2016 Certification requirements!

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Tags: Authentication, best practices, Microsoft, PortalGuard, Product Updates, SSO, Single Sign-On, SSPR, Two-Factor Authentication, end-users

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The Benefits of Single Sign-On for Web Authentication

With the holiday season upon us, I have my own cyber-based wish list for the readers; specifically, here is a list of things that I wish everyone knew about Single Sign-On for Web Authentication and the benefits of SSO. See, there is an interesting divide between how we perceive authentication (proving some aspect of one’s identity), in the physical world versus the digital world. Consider all...

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Tags: Authentication, SSO, User Authentication