PortalGuard's Latest in Feature Updates - Summer 2019

There is never a shortage of feature and enhancement requests from our customer base. These have been critical to ensuring PortalGuard's relevance in the authentication space so keep them coming! Features that make it into PortalGuard are either directly funded by a customer through our Tailored Authentication program or they are requested by multiple customers. For the latter case, these...

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Importance of Third-Party Testing and Verification

All companies that create software necessarily do varying degrees of internal testing. There are numerous types of which can include: unit, system or "end-to-end", regression, performance, load or "stress", accessibility and security. Yes, that is a LOT and it's only a sample! Having a dedicated team of specialists for this purpose is ideal, but anyone that works with the same product daily is...

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Ask Christopher - Importance of a Test Server

Managing solutions and the various resources allocated to those solutions is a nightmare.  Tacking a test or development environment is just another hassle, right?  However, start thinking about the potential fallout from simple human error when vetting hasn’t been completed properly.  It’s easy to see the benefits to setting up those environments.

This quarter, the most common question to...

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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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Parents - The Other Type of Hacker...

It seems like every other day you hear about a new data breach or some new scam designed to steal credentials of the unsuspecting end user. With the advent of social media, it’s now easier than ever to social engineer a person’s identity for nefarious intent. With these constant barrages of attacks, there is a heavy focus in the community on executing best practices for navigating the murky...

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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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