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If you're so concerned about the security of your Dropbox account that even two-factor authentication through your phone seems too risky, you can rest easy. The cloud storage outfit has added support for USB keys as part of the two-factor sign-in process. Rather than punch in a code, you just pl...

August 12th 2015 at 3:51pm 0 Comments
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It's not just giant tech companies that want to put an end to passwords. Both the US' National Institute of Standards and Technology and the UK's Office of the Cabinet have become the first government bodies to join the FIDO Alliance, giving them a direct say in building more secure (and more uni...

June 9th 2015 at 11:34am 0 Comments
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People don't put enough thought into passwords because it's a pain, but that creates security problems for the whole internet. Google, Microsoft and others in the FIDO Alliance want to replace passwords with fingerprint scanning and other techniques, and just unveiled 31 products from 16 companies...

May 22nd 2015 at 9:04am 0 Comments
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Hate typing passwords? You might not have to enter them for much longer. The FIDO Alliance (backed by Google, Microsoft, PayPal and Samsung, among others) has just published the completed versions of its password-free standards for both regular and two-factor authentication. Apps and websites usin...

December 9th 2014 at 11:53am 0 Comments
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It shouldn't surprise you that Google's a big proponent of online security, and that's why it's rolling out support for a new way to prove you are you who are: a USB Security Key. Google's normal approach to two-step authorization involves getting a text on your phone to verify your identity, but...

October 21st 2014 at 1:04pm 0 Comments
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The FIDO Alliance is on a roll: It already has support from heavyweights like Google and Lenovo in its quest to eliminate password-based sign-ins, and it's now bringing Microsoft into the fold. The software pioneer is taking a seat at the Alliance's board of directors, where it will help shape ope...

December 12th 2013 at 4:24pm 0 Comments
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If you didn't get enough mobile news during the week, not to worry, because we've opened the firehose for the truly hardcore. This week, Simple Mobile changed its low-cost plans for the better and actionable notifications in BlackBerry 10.2 were shown off in a video walkthrough. These stories and...

July 6th 2013 at 9:00pm 0 Comments
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Samsung's launch of the Galaxy S 4 hasn't been as coordinated as the company would like, but it's making some amends with today's launch of its flagship phone in Canada. In one fell swoop, most of the larger Canadian carriers are now offering the 16GB model for a typical $200 on a 3-year contract....

May 3rd 2013 at 12:07pm 0 Comments