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Ask Christopher: Mitigating the Risk of Phishing Attacks with MFA

 

Hackers are a blight on the digital scenery where we all spend most of our time, and phishing attacks are one of the oldest tricks in the book. Whether it’s at work or home, modern technology has made the digital world all but necessary. In this environment, hackers and malicious users are the banes of each admin and end-user attempting to get things done. Amid the recent pandemic, the leaches...

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Ask Christopher - Why should I use the SQL Back-End with my PortalGuard implementation?

Knowing where to store user data is tough.  Many variables must be considered before making a final decision, and the choice itself is never easy.  PPortalGuard offers two different options for storing user-specific data: the file system and an SQL backend.  While the initial choice may be daunting, it really is a no-brainer when you think about it.

For many administrators, implementing an...

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7 Blogs to Revisit for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Since 2004, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) have officially recognized October as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM).  Pulled directly from the official StaySafeOnline website, NCSAM is “…a broad effort to help all Americans stay safer and more secure online.”  Here at PortalGuard, Security is something that we take very...

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Ask Christopher – Contextual Authentication Security

I’m going to be very frank: a LOT of questions come through the support team here at PistolStar, Inc. That’s not a bad thing – in fact, I love it!  Questions keep me going, and I like to see what customers and prospects can come up with.  A good ‘stumper’ goes a long way!  Moving forward, I will be taking a look at the most popular or frequent questions that come through the support desk, and...

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