Let’s Talk Desktop 2FA

Desktop 2FA is a more modern take on the Two-Factor Authentication idea.  The notion is to add the level of security brought by 2FA to the end-user’s machine.  In an era where Data Breaches have become a norm, the question is no longer if data will be compromised, but when.  When credentials are captured and data is exposed, Desktop 2FA adds an additional layer of security to ensure personal...

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Is ADFS Really Saving You Money?

Active Directory Federated Services (ADFS) from Microsoft is well known for its simplicity and ease of use. Many organizations and schools adopt ADFS for these reasons, only to realize that it does not always play well other applications.

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Tags: Microsoft, Single Sign-On, Single Sign-On (SSO), Windows 10, Single Sign-On Options, security compliance

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Passwordless Authentication Methods for Account Access

Just a short time ago everyone was starting to talk about passwords diminishing from existence. New forms of proving an individual’s identity are getting better and better each month and the FIDO Alliance deserves all the recognition for making it possible. The FIDO Alliance is focused on making authentication secure for consumers without using common OTP methods. Passwordless authentication...

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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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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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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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