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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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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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Universal Logout - Where to Go After SSO

Universal logout is a hot topic today for one simple reason: it is important. Single Sign-On (SSO) has taken over in recent years as a method of reducing login strain and improving security while maintaining usability.  In an age of passwords and data breaches, SSO has always been seen as the next logical step. Now that we’ve taken that step, the question becomes: where do we go from here? The...

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Addressing Single Sign-On Challenges in the Classroom for Impaired Students

In today’s classrooms, teacher advocates are faced with a unique position of altering their daily schedule to meet the needs and expectations of their students and school districts.  As tablets and Chromebooks are introduced to daily lesson plans, teachers are now faced with the extra responsibility of storing and cataloging student’s usernames and passwords, which impacts valuable educational...

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Secure User Authentication for VPN

PassiveKey for Virtual Private Network (VPN) provides the security of two-factor authentication by leveraging the end-user's device, which abolishes the needs for the need for a hardware token and “pay per use” software-based solution. This approach is simple, minimizing the impact on end-users while addressing the number one problem of network attacks by hackers worldwide.

VPNs allow end...

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