Magic Links: Passwordless Login for Your Users

Magic links are a form of passwordless login. Instead of the user entering any login credentials to sign in, they are sent a URL with an embedded token via email, and sometimes via SMS. Once the user clicks that link to authenticate, they are redirected back to the application or system having successfully signed in—as if they used a “magic”…

6 Steps to Practice Strong Laptop Security

If you’ve ever found yourself searching security questions like “how to secure my work computer” and “laptop security antivirus,” this article is for you. Here, we answer common company laptop security questions like: How do I keep my laptop secure in a public network? What is the best security system for my computer? Is my laptop password safe? …

What Is Data Theft?

Data theft is the act of stealing information stored on corporate databases, devices, and servers. This form of corporate theft is a significant risk for businesses of all sizes and can originate both inside and outside an organization. The term data theft can give the impression that this kind of breach is based on malicious intent, but this is…

What Is Biometric Authentication?

Biometric authentication is a security process that compares a person’s characteristics to a stored set of biometric data in order to grant access to buildings, applications, systems, and more. With cybercrime, fraud, and identity theft on the rise, it’s more important than ever for businesses to help customers and employees verify their identity,…

What Is Data Misuse?

Data misuse is the use of information in ways it wasn’t intended for. User agreements, corporate policies, data privacy laws, and industry regulations all set conditions for how data can be collected and used. Data misuse violates these requirements. Unlike data theft, data misuse doesn’t necessarily happen as a result of a cyberattack or when…

What Is a Data Breach?

A data breach happens when cybercriminals gain unauthorized access to a system or network, allowing them to search for sensitive data pertaining to a business and its customers, and using it to extract some form of illegal value. Attackers might sell this data on the dark web, directly engage in fraud, hold the information for ransom, or use it to…

What Is Data Security?

Data security is the protection of digital data and accounts in accordance with laws and industry standards in order to mitigate risks and repel attackers. It encompasses business data, employee information, and customer and user data. If that sounds multifaceted, it is: putting data security into practice isn’t one size fits all. With companies…

Compliance and Consent: The Privacy Factors that Help Drive User Trust

If there’s one thing we took away from this year’s RSA Conference, it’s that privacy is top of mind for today’s organizations. But how can they abide by the many emerging privacy regulations without creating tedious user experiences? The answer: by adopting secure data handling practices that build user trust—while still providing delightful…

Putting Privacy First: Takeaways from RSA Conference 2020

What happens when you put hundreds of security professionals in a room? They come together to identify and discuss the emerging cybersecurity trends, challenges, and opportunities. At this year’s RSA Conference, the theme was “Human Element,” reminding us that every technology-related decision, innovation, and risk has direct impacts on…

Building Consumer Trust: 4 Challenges to Offering Secure User Authentication

No brand can be successful without customer trust. But as organizations handle and store more customer data than ever—data that’s increasingly targeted by cyber criminals—that trust is harder to earn and even harder to keep. In my previous post, I discussed the various stages of the customer journey that are crucial to building and retaining user…