by Kody Pinette 0 Comments

Strengthen your Account Security with MFA

Most of us use password-based authentication every day, a form of Single-Factor Authentication, which is the process of using personal credentials to securely access a system. Did you know that 54% of consumers use 5 or fewer passwords for every single one of their accounts? This means that if a hacker were to crack one of their passwords, chances are that they've also gained access to...

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by Kody Pinette 0 Comments

What's New in PortalGuard Version 6.2?

Here at PortalGuard your security is our main concern. We are always trying new things to keep you secure, but also make your life a little bit easier. In v6.2 we have widened the range of applications you can gain access to through Single Sign-On (SSO). Open Authentication 2.0 (OAuth 2.0) adds yet another way you can safely gain access to applications. OpenID Connect v1.0 (OIDC v1.0) adds the...

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by Christopher Perry 0 Comments

Top 5 Reasons to Use a Mobile Authenticator

The advent of modern authentication security places a lot of pressure on the user to remain secure in a constantly changing environment.  Using a Mobile Authenticator is one of the most simple and accessible methods to remain secure without compromising usability.  We discuss what makes a good Mobile Authenticator in our recent White Paper - The Argument for a Better Authenticator. However,...

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by Christopher Perry 0 Comments

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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How One Foundation for Community Colleges Found a Password Management Solution to Fit Their Budget

It's not easy to find a solution that can resolve authentication and cybersecurity challenges for multiple institutions. In a market flooded with companies that promise to deliver a custom-tailored solution, one name should stand out: PortalGuard.

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by Tom Hoey 0 Comments

5 Ways PortalGuard Helps Institutions Implement 2FA

As an IT professional working in higher education, you understand how critical and complex managing campus user identity issues are. As sensitive information begins to be stored both on your campus and in the cloud, you must provide a secure system for all of your stakeholders, including students, parents, faculty, staff, and administration. Relying on simply a name and password is no longer... Continue Reading →

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