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3 Ways to Help Employees Spot Phishing Attacks

From a data breach investigation of Verizon, roughly one in 10 employees will click on a malicious email.And the average phishing attack costs a mid-sized company $1.6 million.Computer phishing attacks are fraudulent processes where victims are tricked into giving away sensitive user information, potentially putting an entire company at risk.

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6 Ways to Prevent Password Hacking | PortalGuard

Hackers are the craftiest of fish. They nibble at your account day by day, trying 2 wrong password attempts and stopping before the 3rd attempt locks your account. Then, they wait a day for you, the user, to log into your account and reset the password tries before they try to log in again. Think about how often you log into your most important accounts. Do you log in every day? Month? Less...

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MFA: Authentication Masterpiece or Endless Frustration?

Artists and tech experts alike should be aware of MFA (multi-factor authentication). Well, the tech experts likely already have an idea of what it is, but what about the artists? You may have multi-factor login turned on for your bank account as a security precaution. After you type in your password, you may also have to type in a code texted to your smartphone. Or, instead of a code, you may...

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The Risks of Incrementing a base Password | PortalGuard

You know when you go to sign up for a new account, and you’re given WAY too many strict password requirements, so you decide “screw this” and make it the same as your usual password? How do you make this new secure password distinctive from your regular password: by adding special characters, numbers, or a combination of both?

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Common Misconceptions of SSO

What is SSO authentication? SSO stands for “Single Sign-on” and is an extremely beneficial tool for businesses and individual users. In this day and age, users are being required to remember more and more passwords with the current average asking us to remember 12 in any given day. Password security is becoming tighter and alongside this, not only are passwords more complex but the majority of...

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Cybersecurity for the Next Generation

As technology continues to advance it is vital for children to understand the potential risks that are out there and how to be cyber aware when online. Children ages 8-18 spend an average of 7 hours and 38 minutes online. During this time, they may be exposed to cyberbullying, cyber predators, and identity theft. In each child there seems to be an inherent trust in the technology that...

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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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