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Get FIDO Ready!

Posted by Entersekt

Jul 9, 2015 9:30:00 AM

FidoThe password paradigm is widely acknowledged to be obsolete, but to usher in something new requires an industry-wide effort. To help manage this issue, some of information technology’s biggest players formed the FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance, which is now revolutionizing online authentication with its standards-based open protocols aimed at reducing our reliance on vulnerable password-based security systems.

Entersekt joined FIDO early in 2013 and has been an active participant in formulating the specifications released to the public over the last year. Any institution, software developer, or online service provider can build support for FIDO into their existing products and services to make online authentication simpler and stronger for everyone.

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Topics: FIDO Alliance

The password paradigm shift to FIDO: With Entersekt, you are ready

Posted by Claudius van der Meulen, VP business development / director Europe, Entersekt

Oct 30, 2014 2:30:00 PM

Claudius_van_der_MeulenrDo you have any idea how many accounts and passwords you’ve used? I am not just talking about your bank, email and social media accounts, but also all the passwords for the online stores that you’ve bought from (even if only once in the last 10 years), the subscriptions you’ve taken out and the online services you’ve used. What passwords did you choose for those accounts? Chances are that you chose ones that were easy to remember – and to guess. And if you’re like me, you probably reused passwords. All these accounts and passwords are still out there, sometimes with your credit card details and other personal data attached.

More and more Internet services are realizing that the user name and password paradigm is obsolete. Every day, bank accounts are being hacked and Facebook identities hijacked because of failing authentication mechanisms. Expecting users to manage scores of unique, unguessable passwords is unreasonable and enormously increases the risk of identity theft and fraud. As for knowledge-based authentication, the huge amount of personal information on social media means that it’s dead – just about anyone can find your mother’s maiden name online.

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Topics: FIDO Alliance

What you need to know about Google and FIDO U2F

Posted by Christiaan Brand, chief technology officer, Entersekt

Oct 21, 2014 4:13:00 PM

FidoGoogle announced today that it is enabling support for the FIDO Alliance’s Universal Second Factor (U2F) protocol on all Google user accounts. This makes it the first major company to do so.

Entersekt thinks this a fantastic development and one we are very proud to be a part of.

The technical skinny

The FIDO Alliance (FIDO stands for Fast IDentity Online) aims to standardize the way multi-factor authentication is handled across different web properties and to limit our reliance on passwords. There are two sets of specifications published by FIDO: UAF (Universal Authentication Factor) and U2F. Where UAF is a slightly more complex authentication protocol that deals with a greater number of use cases, U2F aims to provide a simple interface for proving that something physical is present during the authentication process.

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Topics: FIDO Alliance

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Trusted Transactions is Entersekt's blog devoted to keeping our customers, prospects and friends updated with industry news, security threats and technology advances in consumer authentication. We can protect against online banking fraud and account takeovers. Trusted Transactions brings you industry data and insights to help safeguard your online and mobile banking and payments transactions. 

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