As high-profile sites like Twitter, Google, and most recently Evernote and LinkedIn turn to two-factor authentication to help their users protect themselves from malicious hackers and security breaches, Encap, a startup based out of Norway, has created an alternative it says is better and safer, using an app on a person’s mobile device. The company today announced a round of funding — we… → Read More
After Evernote, the personal note-taking app with 60 million+ users, got slammed with a security breach in February 2013, today the company is turning on three new features to give users better control over their accounts: two-step verification, access history and authorized applications listings. Two-step authentication will eventually get rolled out to all users, but a spokesperson tells TC that… → Read More
In what was a mind-boggling series of events in real time, one Associated Press hack and a false tweet about the White House sent the stock market into a momentary free fall. Twitter hopes to stop intrusions like that in the future by introducing a two-factor authentication process, Wired has learned. When this offering will be available to users is unknown. The company has been working on this at… → Read More
If you run your own WordPress site, chances are you are using a pretty secure password to keep hackers from posting random stories to your blog. Still, even the best password isn’t as good as using Gmail-style two-factor authentication, but unless you are a programmer, chances are you don’t have the expertise to make this happen. Authy, which offers two-factor authentication as a service, is… → Read More
CloudFlare, the popular website security and CDN service, suffered an embarrassing security breach earlier this year when the company’s CEO’s Gmail account was hijacked, giving the hacktivist group UGNazi access to a customer’s account and the service. Even though CloudFlare CEO Matthew Prince used Gmail’s two-factor authentication, the hackers used some smart social engineering to work around… → Read More
As we continue to search for answers on what’s going on with the Twitter password reset situation, the company is giving us information very slowly. The situation is very complex, because the users who are getting the emails, if it’s not being sent to spam, think it’s a phishing scam and are not resetting their passwords.
This is a pretty big problem for the Internet, and we don’t know why or… → Read More
In response to a security breach, Dropbox promised to add an optional new layer of security known as two factor authentication. If you want to add two factor authentication to your own app but don’t know where to start, you’re in luck: Authy is a YCombinator backed startup launching today that makes it easy to add optional two factor authentication to your application. You just add some API calls… → Read More