by Jay Ouellette 0 Comments

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

Wondering what we've been up to? Check out some of the features PortalGuard has added over the last year!

One of the things we do here at PortalGuard is to make sure our product is the best it can be in Single Sign-on, Self-Service Password Reset, and Multifactor Authentication! We have put extensive research into developing solutions to customer problems, as well as updating PortalGuard based on what customers want out of their authentication solution. Here are several highlighted features we...

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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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by Eric Jeffers 0 Comments

How Employee Turnover Could be a Problem for your IT Department and Put your Company at Risk

In 2018 the leading sector with the highest employee turnover was once again the technology industry at 13.2%. This was followed by Government, Education, and non-profit at 11.7%. However, employee turnover is not just an HR issue. According to a study by the American Bar Association, American businesses lose an estimated $59 billion a year due to the loss of intellectual property. Current...

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Tags: Access Point, Single Sign-On, Single Sign-On (SSO), Single Sign-On Options, update your passwords, secure passwords, IT Department Best Practices, Single Sign Off, IT Department, security risk, cybersecurity leaders, IT Professionals, essential cybersecurity, IT Management, web-based SSO, maintain security privacy, maintain data privacy, Employee, SSO reduces login prompts for end-users, IdP Options, SSO Process, secure SSO, employee turnover

SAML or CAS SSO - Which Industry Standard Protocol Should You Choose?

Industry standard protocols are the reason that Single Sign-On (SSO) is a popular topic throughout the tech industry.  SSO reduces login prompts for end-users while improving both usability and productivity. Without the use of industry-standard protocols, this entire process would be much more difficult to implement and manage.  However, it can often be difficult to decide which protocol 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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Tags: 2FA, #2FASolutions, authentication security, #cybersecurity, MFA, mobile security, Multi-Factor Authentication, #2FA, Access Management, Active Directory, Cyber Security, OTP, OTP Authentication, Single Sign-On (SSO), SSPR, user convenience, Single Sign-On Options, flexibility, OTP Methods, mobile authentication, HOTP, cyber aware, mobile authenticator, accessibility, Simplicity

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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by Jay Ouellette 0 Comments

New England School Districts are an Easy Target for Cyber Criminals

Schools are becoming easy targets for cyber criminals, not only in New Hampshire but across the country. Exposing, compromising and exploiting confidential information to make an easy profit or to test their skills. The Cybersecurity incident map, a useful tool created by Doug Levins of EdTech Strategies, LLC., provides an in depth look of past and recent events. (For those who haven’t...

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Tags: #cyberattacks, #cybersecurity, SSO, User Interface, Access Management, Cyber Security, #defeatcyberattacks, #phishing, SSPR, teachers, Students, Single Sign-On Options, increase security, security trends, secure login, classroom, Portal Customization, empower users, stolen passwords, hackers, scams, university, college, community college, password policies, update your passwords, password habits, secure passwords, student accounts, impersonations, Single Sign Off, breaches, IT Department, security risk, cybercriminals

by Jason Garfagna 0 Comments

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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Tags: #forgotpassword, help desk calls, #lockedout, Multi-Factor Authentication, strong password, password best practices, Password Security, PortalGuard for Education, secure authentication, Self-Service Password Reset, social engineering, SSPR, stronger authentication, Two-Factor Authentication, User Authentication, reducing help desk calls, teachers, K-5, Single Sign-On Options, secure login, stolen passwords, hackers, scams, password policies, update your passwords, password patterns, password habits, challenge questions, student accounts, IT Department Best Practices, impersonations, layer of security