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

Proxy - Is it Confusing, Mysterious, or Essential?

Proxy? Sounds confusing, mysterious, or essential? So what is it and why would you want to use one? A proxy server is a wall that acts as a gateway between you and the internet. Without a secure proxy, your browser communicates directly with the internet. Think of the proxy as a form of protection; it can scan your downloads, filter web content, get around certain web restrictions and allow...

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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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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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Creating a Strong Password Policy - Complexity, Length, 2FA

Strengthening password policies is a major topic of debate these days.  Various sources for best practices have peaked out from every corner, each spouting something new.  While having options is a great thing in many cases, paralyzing users and admins with which ‘best practice’ is really best is another issue entirely.  Instead, I will take a look at the facts behind strengthening password...

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by Tom Hoey 0 Comments