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One Click Solutions for Convenient Account Access

The world is improving on convenience every day. Find me someone that doesn’t love being able to proceed with something with little effort or difficulty. When it comes to shopping for household staples, forget going to the store!  I just order online from Amazon.  This is the same for ordering my farm to table weekly meal delivery.  Also, I haven’t been to the dry cleaner since they started...

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Tags: PortalGuard, SSO, User Experience, #convenience, Password Management, Self-Service Password Reset, Single Sign-On (SSO), SSPR, user convenience, web applications, SSO Proxy, Jump Page

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It's a Constant Game of Being Fooled - Do Your Part to Prevent Cybersecurity Breaches

In Healthcare, it’s especially disconcerting when a breach occurs because it’s a dense collection of personal identity data. It is the intruder’s brass ring.  Having your DOB and social security number enables the intruder to gain access to many other doors to penetrate. The Internet is already a treasure trove of personal data which a hacker can use to piece together your detailed identity....

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Tags: Multi-Factor Authentication, password strength, SSO, strong password, office 365, Password Security, Software Vulnerability, SSPR, support, healthcare

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Office 365 Integration: SSO, SSPR and 2FA

BEDFORD, NH--(Marketwired - Jun 25, 2014)

Today, PistolStar, Inc. announced the integration of its PortalGuard product with Office 365. This integration will give administrators the power to choose the level of convenience and security they desire for their students and faculty while accessing Office 365, including:

-Self Service Password Reset (SSPR) -Single Sign-on (SSO) -Two-factor...

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Tags: Industry Updates, Integration, PortalGuard, Product Updates, SSO, News & Press, office 365

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Introducing PassiveKey® - Two Factor Authentication Made Easy

Strengthening Web Authentication, Without Overcorrecting

BEDFORD, NH--(Marketwired - Jun 3, 2014)

Today, PistolStar, Inc. announced immediate availability of PortalGuard's newest solution, PassiveKey. PortalGuard's PassiveKey is a customer driven response to deliver the latest in innovative identity solutions. PassiveKey transparently enables two factor authentication while allowing the user...

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Tags: Industry Updates, PortalGuard, Press Release, Product Updates, Tokenless Authentication, Uncategorized, News & Press, PassiveKey, Two-Factor Authentication

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Software: On Premise or SaaS?

Although SaaS software has existed in its current form since the 1990s, only recently has its offerings begun to rival those of the tried and true traditional on-premise software solutions.  In a study by Gartner, SaaS sales reached $10 billion in 2010, and it’s expected those numbers will double by 2015.  Though this doesn’t necessarily mean on-premise solutions are falling out...

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Tags: Authentication Security, Gartner, Integration, IT Security, LinkedIn, On-premise, SaaS, Saas vs On-premise, Salesforce, User Authentication

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How Self-service Password Reset Enrollment Works

Self-service password reset is the process that allows users to reset their forgotten password by proving their identity through other means. Challenge answers or OTPs sent to mobile devices are the typical alternative methods of identification.  Enrollment of these methods through PortalGuard is described below.

 

First the user attempts to login...

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Tags: OTP, PortalGuard Configuration, Self-Service Password Reset

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SAML Overview

What is SAML?

The SAML specification is an XML-based framework designed for transporting user authentication, entitlement, and attribute information across the web safely and efficiently.  It has a number of primary usage scenarios, including but not limited to the following:

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Tags: Assertion, Authentication, Authentication Security, Identity Assertion, Identity Federation, Identity Provider, IdP, IdP initiated, OASIS, PortalGuard, SAML Token, XML, Access Control, Principal, SAML, SAML Request, SAML Response, Service Provider, Single Sign-On, SOAP, SP Initiated

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User Authentication for Client-facing Applications

When researching for a complete user authentication solution, it is important to consider a lot of different things. How easy will it be to integrate into my current environment? How much downtime can I expect to train my end users and tech support team? Do we have enough money in the current budget to roll out a new solution set?

These are all important questions to consider and paired with...

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Tags: Authentication Security, LDAP, Microsoft Active Directory, Password, Client-facing Application, PassiveKey, SOL-based directory, User Authentication

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Self-service Password Reset & Recovery

Self-service password reset is the process a user initiates to prove their identity with the end goal of resetting their password. Self-service password recovery is similar, but the end goal is to recovery the user’s password without resetting it. The user would use the exact same challenge questions for both password reset and recovery. Users are not able to use the same answer for multiple...

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Tags: PortalGuard, Self-Service Password Recovery, Self-Service Password Reset, Two-Factor Authentication