Preventing Password Fatigue & Stress
Stress alert! The biggest password problem might be the fatigue and stress. Password stress happens when users must memorize and type a large number of passwords on a consistent basis. Nobody wants to remember and type a long and complex password. The problem is that good security means unique usernames and passwords that are both long…Read More
Bluetooth Proximity Lock for Workstations
Bluetooth proximity lock for computers allows you to lock and unlock computers with a Bluetooth signal (Bluetooth token or phone). Some Bluetooth PC lock models use active Bluetooth connections. Some are easier to use while others have more dynamic features for IT admins with a central admin console. Though this may require some setup or…Read More
Security Key – Multi Factor Authentication
Security Key for Multi-Factor Authentication explained. Hardware-based MFA keys provide an additional layer of security to your computers, website accounts, and desktop application accounts. Security key-based login is an authentication mechanism that uses a dedicated hardware device to grant the user access to a system rather than using a password or other non-hardware based means…Read More
Computer frozen/stuck on login screen. Can’t log in.
Computer screen stuck at login? If you have attempted to log in using GateKeeper (whether automatic, PIN, touch, or Enter key) and the login screen is stuck, you’ll see the Windows loading circle of dots. To fix the issue, follow the instructions below to perform a hard reset of your computer: 1. Press the computer’s…Read More
What is an Authentication Method? Authentication is a security mechanism that requires predetermined evidence (factor) before being granted authorization to a system. 2FA is consists of two different required authentication methods. MFA may require more than two factors of authentication before a user can access a system. The most common examples of authentication factors are…Read More
Preventing Man-in-the-Middle Attacks with GateKeeper.
Prevent man-in-the-middle attacks using GateKeeper 2FA. Using a 2-factor authentication solution prevents malicious actors from successfully executing a man-in-the-middle attack, even if a password is stolen. The thief would still need the second authentication factor to gain access to the targeted account. Man-in-the-middle attacks involve a malicious actor listening in on communications. A typical example…Read More
What is the difference between lock and log off?
GateKeeper Authentication lock vs log off options. What’s the difference between Windows lock and log off? The difference between “locking” (Lock Workstation) and “logging out / signing out” (Logout) is what happens to your open applications. Locking the computer means your apps are still ON and running. In GateKeeper, logging / signing off will CLOSE…Read More
What is Authentication Intent?
Authentication intent is a specific action required by the user intending to login. IT admins also use intent to reduce unintended login risks. Examples of requiring authentication intent include typing in an OTP, inserting a USB, scanning a token, pushing a button, and perhaps biometrics. NIST Special Publication 800-63B 5.2.9 defines “authentication intent” as the following: “An…Read More
How to Free Up Space on Windows 10
How to free up space on Windows 10 computers. Free space on your computer. You might have faced computer memory storage problems once in a while. There are a lot of unnecessary files that can be removed to save on space. Thankfully, it’s easy to free up space on Windows 10 computers. Let’s do some…Read More