Story image

ESET: Two-factor authentication crucial in today's world

16 Mar 2016

ESET has officially announced a new version of its secure, mobile-based two-factor authentication system which provides additional security for accessing company networks and sensitive data.

Two-factor authentication (2FA) safeguards a company against data breaches and supports privacy compliance by adding an extra layer of security to verification processes, ESET says.

Unlike standard password authentication, ESET Secure Authentication (ESA) 2.4 requires two elements: a user’s password, plus a one-time password (OTP) generated on the user’s smartphone. It’s a simple way for businesses to reduce the risk of stolen, weak or cracked passwords, according to ESET.

“In today’s security environment, two-factor authentication is extremely important given all the poor password practices,” says Jeff Chen, ESET director of solutions marketing.

“ESA 2.4 helps prevent the risk of breaches by using unique passwords for each access, and also adds two-factor authentication to a wider range of applications and data such as Office 365 or Google apps. In response to customer feedback, ESA 2.4 makes significant improvements in both user experience and support,” Chen says.

ESA 2.4 includes local login protection for Windows in a domain environment, as well custom delivery options and support for web/cloud services via Microsoft ADFS 3.0 integration. ESA 2.4 can be deployed to supplement nearly all existing VPN devices, adding authentication without any significant change to the VPN configuration, according to ESET. Any business running Active Directory can protect their data in around 10 minutes with ESA’s double-click installer.

ESET recently joined technology industry leaders to support increased cybersecurity awareness and encourage consumer use of multi-factor authentication to improve online security.

Together with Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon and other leading technology companies, ESET signed a letter to the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) supporting President Obama’s effort to increase awareness of key security steps that all Americans can take.

Web design programmers do an about face – again!
Google is aggressively pushing speed in the mobile environment as a critical ranking factor, and many eb design teams struggling to reach 80%+ speed scores on Google speed tests with gorgeous – but heavy - WordPress templates and themes.
Digital spending to hit US$1.2 trillion by 2022
A recent study by Zinnov shows that IoT spend reached US$201 billion in 2018 while outsourcing service providers generated $40 billion in revenue.
'Iwi Algorithm' can grow Aotearoa's mana
Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei innovation officer Te Aroha Grace says AI can help to combine the values from different cultures to help grow Aotearoa’s mana and brand – and AI is not just for commercial gain.
Dropbox brings in-country document hosting to A/NZ & Japan
Dropbox Business users in New Zealand, Australia, and Japan will be able to store their Dropbox files in-country, beginning in the second half of 2019.
Why 'right to repair' legislation could be a new lease on life for broken devices
“These companies are profiting at the expense of our environment and our pocketbooks as we become a throw-away society that discards over 6 million tonnes of electronics every year.”
Kiwis know security is important, but they're not doing much about it
Only 49% of respondents use antivirus software and even fewer – just 19% -  change their passwords regularly.
Instagram: The next big thing in online shopping?
This week Instagram announced a new feature called checkout, which allows users to buy products they find on Instagram.
Apple's AirPods now come with 'Hey Siri' functionality
The new AirPods come with a standard case or a Wireless Charging Case that holds additional charges for more than 24 hours of listening time.