ProCircular Information Security Experts Corner

Multi-Factor Authentication

Posted by Scott Taft on Jul 23, 2019 10:35:00 AM

At this point, everyone has probably heard a speech about how important it is to have a strong password. It is true that a strong password is extremely important in preventing an attacker from guessing or cracking it. However, it does not help against those annoying and ever-present phishing attacks when a user unknowingly hands over their password. And unfortunately, it’s almost inevitable that this will happen. This means that there will always be a question about the security of a password.

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Topics: Cybersecurity, Information Security, Personal Data Protection, Passwords

The Importance of Password Entropy

Posted by Josh Magri on May 30, 2019 12:12:30 PM

If you’re reading this, it’s very likely that you know how to use the internet. It’s also likely you’ve made an account on the internet somewhere. When you created your last account, what kind of requirements were you forced to use? For a number of web services, these requirements still follow the 2003 NIST SP 800-63 Appendix A standards that recommend an 8-character minimum, containing one uppercase, one lowercase, one digit, and one special character (Ex: Procircular1!).

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Topics: Cybersecurity, Data Protection, Personal Privacy, hacking, NIST, Passwords

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