Articles about two-factor authentication

One Windows: Windows 10 will be delivered on multiple device types

Microsoft promises Windows 10 will mean two-factor auth for all

Windows doesn't have the best reputation for security, but Microsoft has been outlining a series of improvements in the new operating system that it believes will stymie hackers and leave corporate data more secure. "We're no longer facing an evolution in security threats but a revolution," Chris Hallum, senior product manager …
Iain Thomson, 22 Oct 2014

Got your NUDE SELFIES in the cloud? Two-factor auth's your best bet for securing them

Bill Gates in 2004 predicted the death of the password over time. “They just don’t meet the challenge for anything you really want to secure,” Gates said. Ten years on, passwords haven’t gone anywhere and as the recent nude-celeb-pics-on-iCloud proved, the medium is still not up to muster yet is in widespread use in scenarios …
Stuart Burns, 16 Sep 2014
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NUDE SELFIE CLOUD PERV menace: Apple 2FA? Sweet FA, more like

Apple’s two-factor authentication doesn't actually protect iCloud backups or photo streams, contrary to what many iPhone and iPad fondlers might wish to believe. Scores of (mostly female) celebrities, including Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence, had their iCloud hacked before miscreants siphoned off private nude snaps which …
John Leyden, 3 Sep 2014
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Linux kernel devs made to finger their dongles before contributing code

Beginning on Monday, the security of the Linux kernel source code has become a little bit tighter with the addition of two-factor authentication for the kernel's Git code repositories. Contributing code changes to the Linux kernel sources at Kernel.org already required more than just a password, even before the change. …
Neil McAllister, 18 Aug 2014

British Gas Twitter account hijacked by mystery phishermen

An official British Gas Twitter account was hacked over the weekend as part of a phishing scam designed to harvest Twitter login credentials. The account @BritishGasHelp, which is normally geared towards helping people with boiler breakdowns and other queries, was taken over to push a series of ostensibly jokey tweets. The …
John Leyden, 23 Jun 2014
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WordPress two-factor login plugin bug, er, bypasses 2-factor login

The maker of a popular plugin that provides two-factor authentication for WordPress bloggers is preparing an update – after finding a vulnerability in its system. It advises that anyone using two-factor plugins from any vendor need to check their security strength. Duo Security's duo_wordpress plugin is vulnerable in some …
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Microsoft defends Azure with two-factor auth security

Updated Microsoft's multi-factor authentication service has gone into general availability, doubling prices and giving enterprises a service-level agreement. Microsoft announced the general availability of the product in a blog post on Thursday. The MFA technology allows admins to add an additional layer of security to accounts using …
Jack Clark, 26 Sep 2013

Google tries putting an NFC ring on it: Bonking will keep you SAFE

Google has started testing NFC keyrings from one-time-pad makers Yubico, with a view to offering them to ordinary punters next summer as a secure way of accessing the Google cloud. The keyrings feature a USB interface and an embedded NFC tag, either of which can supply a one-time password securing connection. The technique is …
Bill Ray, 20 Sep 2013

Twitter hardens two-factor authentication with app-based secure logins

Barely two months after rolling out two-factor authentication, Twitter has beefed up its login procedures yet again, both to improve security and to make two-factor available to more Twitter users worldwide. Twitter launched two-factor authentication in late May with a system based on SMS messaging. While that was good enough …

Microsoft adds two-factor authentication to Windows Azure

Microsoft's cloudy identity and access management tool has been given two-factor authentication. This lets admins add another layer of security into applications that integrate with Windows Azure Active Directory, Microsoft announced on Wednesday. Microsoft announced plans in April to bring two-factor authentication (in softy …
Jack Clark, 14 Jun 2013
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Apple's two-factor security isn't as good as Microsoft or Google's, say experts

Apple's two-factor authentication system does not protect users' private files backed up to the iCloud, it is claimed. Fanbois have been able to secure their Apple accounts with a two-step login process since March: these accounts are important because they are used to bung or retrieve backups into and out of Cupertino's …
John Leyden, 31 May 2013

Security Twitteratti: Twitter's 2FA does sweet FA for biz

Security-watchers don't appear overly impressed with Twitter's introduction of two-factor authentication (2FA) to its service. While some infosec experts welcomed the move, others argued that while it might help protect the accounts of individuals, it is ill-suited to the safeguarding of shared accounts of organisations - many …
John Leyden, 24 May 2013
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Did Kim Dotcom invent 2-factor authentication? Er, not exactly...

Twitter is the latest major web service to beef up its security two-factor authentication (2FA). The security feature is a pretty simple and effective approach - and one the notorious Mega kingpin Kim Dotcom claims today to have invented back in the '90s. Two-factor auth is a simple process for verifying that the user …
Ken Tindell, 24 May 2013
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Twitter locks down logins by adding two-factor authentication

Twitter has joined the growing number of companies offering two-factor authentication to prevent logins being stolen – a fate several high-profile users of its service have suffered recently. A new checkbox is being added to the Settings pages of Twitter accounts to enable the new feature. When checked, an SMS message …
Iain Thomson, 22 May 2013
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Camby cash crypto-coders Cronto chomped on pronto by Vasco

Swiss software firm Vasco has bought Cambridge-based banking security specialist Cronto in a deal valued at up to £14.5m. Vasco will pay $19.3m (€15m, £12.7m), and a further $2.6m (€2m, £1.8m) depending on future earnings, to get its hands on the British upstart's malware-defeating technology. Its software attempts to shield …
John Leyden, 22 May 2013
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Syrian hacktivists hijack Telegraph's Facebook, Twitter accounts

Updated Twitter accounts run by the Daily Telegraph were hijacked by pro-Assad hacktivists from the Syrian Electronic Army briefly on Monday evening. The UK broadsheet's Facebook account was also purloined by group in the latest in a growing line of similar attacks against high-profile media outlets including the FT, The Guardian, …
John Leyden, 21 May 2013
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Breaking news, LITERALLY: Financial Times vandalized by hackers

The Financial Times website and its Twitter accounts were this afternoon hijacked by pro-government hackers from the "Syrian Electronic Army". The posh broadsheet's Tech Blog - at http://blogs.FT.com/beyond-brics - was compromised to run stories headlined "Syrian Electronic Army Was Here" and "Hacked by the Syrian Electronic …
John Leyden, 17 May 2013
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Microsoft joins the two-step verification party

Microsoft is bringing two-factor authentication to its users' accounts over the next couple of days. "With this release you can choose to protect your entire account with two-step verification, regardless of what service (or device) you are using with your Microsoft account," Eric Doerr, group program manager for Microsoft …
Jack Clark, 17 Apr 2013

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