5 Ways Hackers are Stealing Passwords

Think Your Passwords are Safe?

Think again. Hackers can steal your static passwords a bunch of different ways; it’s easier than you might think. Hackers have hundreds of ways to steal your credentials and their techniques become more and more sophisticated every day. In 2012, password theft alone increased by 300% with identity theft going up by 33%.

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Soft vs Hard Tokens

How safe is getting a one-time password on your phone?

The concept behind an OTP (one-time password) security token is two-factor authentication (2FA), that being said how could a soft token be considered a second factor?

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Laptop Security

Device Security

Recently, there’ve been more and more employees working from home or visiting multiple locations during their work day, which is causing an increase in laptop use. (link to article) This could pose a high security threat. According to a 2012 study by Forrester, 31% of IT executives and ordinary employees across North America and Europe cited simple loss or theft as the explanation for data breaches. (Link to article)

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Time to Change

How the U.S. Counterfeit Liability Shift Affects You

It’s been nearly four years since Visa announced their plans to fast-forward U.S. participation in the global point-of-sale liability shift and this date is rapidly approaching in October of 2015. The liability shift could put the onus of credit card fraud onto the merchant and off of Visa, MasterCard, American Express, other credit card companies and financial institutions (link to Visa’s bulletin)

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Data Safety

Secure Authentication

As the world becomes more and more digital and your online presence increases, how will you protect yourself and your company from theft of confidential information exchanged in emails? How will you keep others from faking your signature or signing legal documents and bank checks? Hopefully by the end of this post, you’ll have a better idea of how to answer those questions.

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