Feb 16, 2021

Choosing an IT Security Vendor: five key factors

Digitalization has been advancing rapidly, and not just since the pandemic. This does not only have an impact on a Company's own business model, but also on the suitability of a vendor. The latest qualitative market surveys show that new factors are becoming more important. Here are a just a few relevant questions for the decision-making process.

Dec 21, 2020

FIDO2: What is it and how can authentication benefit from it?

When it comes to online authentication, passwords are still used everywhere. There are a variety of two-factor authentication (2FA) technologies out there, which attempt to counterbalance the insecurity of using only passwords for authentication. Nevertheless, 2FA is still not widely adopted. Moreover, one of the most prevalent password theft techniques, phishing, still remains unsolved by most 2FA technologies. The Fido Alliance has set their goal to solve the password problem once and for all, by simplifying and standardizing strong online authentication.

Sep 25, 2020

Still using SMS codes, really?

The use of SMS codes to authenticate users has long since passed its zenith, but this method is still used all over the world in various industries as a supposedly secure 2FA login. This method is also still considered secure by regulators, especially in the financial services industry or the health sector. This is surprising, in view of the known security risks and the increasing number of cyber attacks.

Jul 2, 2020

ASK DR. SECURITY: Was my sister the victim of a social engineering attack?

Dr. Security gives tips and answers questions related to cyber security. This time it’s about social engineering attacks and “fake support” calls, which are becoming increasingly common among bank customers.

Apr 13, 2020

FIDO authentication: What is it and should you use it?

If you are reading this article, chances are you already know that passwords alone are not enough to secure your online accounts. That is why myriads of companies nowadays offer, or even enforce, the use of two-factor authentication (2FA) for accessing your account on their platforms. When it comes to optional 2FA offerings, think of sites like Gmail, Twitter and Facebook, and when it comes to mandatory 2FA implementations think more of your e-banking platform (at least in some countries, like Switzerland). Moreover, the approach of abolishing passwords altogether, called passwordless authentication, is also gaining ground and support in recent years.

Apr 8, 2020

ASK DR. SECURITY: What exactly is a SIM-Swapping Attack?

Dr. Security gives tips and answers questions related to cyber security. This time it’s about SIM Swapping attacks and the threat they pose to SMS-based authentication.

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