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What to do When You Don't Always Need Two-Factor Authentication

 

Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) is an important topic of discussion where security is of concern. Too many data breaches have occurred over the last 10 years purely because of lackadaisical security requirements. Many of these events would have been avoided with a proper Two-Factor Authentication system in place.  Security: personal, private, corporate – the list goes on and on. Each entry a...

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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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