Passwords can be the weakest link for any business.
It takes just one compromised password to bring an entire organisation to its knees. Passwords can be shared, forgotten, hacked, or stolen.
The introduction of passwordless logins can decrease the chances of a potential hack.
Here’s what users should know about passwordless logins, how they work, and why they’re considered much safer than the traditional way of accessing online accounts.
Passwordless Logins: What Are They?
Passwordless logins use alternative authentication methods to allow users access. Sometimes, passwordless logins are combined with the use of keys for doubled security.
The use of passwordless logins are safer, period. Passwordless logins might also turn out to be easier for the end-user, requiring nothing complicated to remember. (or forget).
Methods like two-way authentication, OTP use and fingerprint or biometric tracking are some of the methods used.
Financial institutions and high-security companies were the first to switch to these methods of authentication. If you want to protect the safety of your web users, you should too.
Superior to Passwords
Current methods of password authentication (or U/P) require the combination of a username and password. Let’s be honest: it’s weak, with most people proven to use passwords that are simple to guess.
It’s too common for users to use the same password across several platforms. For companies, it presents a cybersecurity nightmare.
These details are easy to forget, share, or steal. That’s a risk most companies (and personal users!) would prefer to avoid.
Password managers can increase risk instead of reducing it, with one stolen password putting an entire company at risk.
If you do away with passwords entirely, you also get rid of the cybersecurity risks they might pose to your company.
The consensus is that passwordless logins are the future.
A Stronger Stronghold
Passwords are an unnecessary risk when better options are available.
Phishing, ransomware and forgetfulness can sink a business by attacking just one password. Since many users utilize the same password across more than one site, other hacks can even backfire and affect your business and its security.
We all know that passwords aren’t safe anymore.
Passwordless authentication is the stronger stronghold that your businesses cybersecurity needs to be.
Unpacking Passwordless Authentication
There’s one thing that all methods of passwordless authentication have in common: authenticating the user by means other than the traditional (and horribly tedious) username and password.
- OTPS: One-time-Pin authentication methods provide the user with a passkey through a verified device. The OTP is usually temporary, and will expire within minutes to hours of being requested.
- BIOMETRICS: Biometrics authentication systems use visual tracking to identify and authenticate the user. For high-security systems, this is becoming an increasingly popular choice: proper biometrics systems are harder to fool.
- PUSH NOTIFICATIONS:Push notifications authenticate the user via an app, combined with a platform login. It works much like an OTP system, but through a separate system instead of a simple code.
- FINGERPRINTS: Fingerprint systems require a physical fingerprint (and sometimes, heat signature) to authenticate the user.
Good For Business
The average person remembers a selection of at least 50 passwords, including their old ones. As the digital age continues, the list of passwords to remember can only become more.
Don’t risk your entire business on the strength of user passwords: switch to superior authentication methods today.
Windows 10 has been the primary choice of an operating system for billions of personal and home users. Six years after its introduction, it’s about to receive an upgrade. Windows 11 is the new kid on the block.
Security is a priority in the 14th Windows operating system. Basic changes have been made to the user-interface, while some outdated features (like Cortana and IE) will be disappearing.
Here’s everything you should know about the new Windows 11 (and why it’s a good thing to switch).
The first obvious change is to the familiar Windows user-interface. At first look, it appears partially inspired by Android and macOS.
The next big change is the traditional Start-menu.
At its default, the start menu appears in the middle of the screen - with more customization available for what your menu looks like, no doubt taking inspiration from typical smartphone interfaces.
Users can switch the menu back to its regular position if it’s more inconvenient than useful.
Support for multiple monitors has also received an upgrade. Sharing or casting your display is much easier (and needs less digging into the settings).
Windows can be tiled and grouped for the busier user.
There’s also Tablet Mode, which allows users to control their system with various physical gestures. The amount of available gestures have been updated: simply, users can do more with it.
That’s not all: the Windows App Store remains a feature, with the introduction of Android app support.
Security is prioritised for Windows 11.
For business, it’s a big deal. Security concerns have been on the increase for users still stuck on windows 7 and 8 and 8.1
Malware attacks are said to occur at least every few seconds: running on Windows 11, your risk is reduced with added encryption and updated protection against malware, hacks and ransomware attacks.
A select number of familiar features are removed from Windows 11, including Internet Explorer and Cortana.
Paint isn’t removed but updated to bring it in line with more modern image editors. While it’s far from Photoshop, it does the job.
Overall, Windows 11 is stripped to its essentials - but allows users to customize everything via the Windows App Store.
Let’s talk about hardware requirements first.
Windows 11 requires a TRM 2.0-compliant processor. Check the specifications of your system’s motherboard if you aren’t sure. The majority of modern processors will - but forget about running Windows 11 on older systems.
UEFI Secure Boot required
A smooth installation will require at least 120GB of free disk space. (64Gb Is the minimum)
At least a dual-core 1.0GhZ CPU is recommended. Less, and you risk lag - though more than this is ideal, and steadily becoming standard.
Intel Processor and 8th gen or newer and meeting the above requirements
AMD Ryzen 3 3rd gen or newer and meeting the above requirements
WHY SWITCHING IS GOOD FOR BUSINESS
Improved features, better authentication and improved user protection are just some of the reasons why a switch to Windows 11 could be a better idea for your business.
Why leave yourself vulnerable when your competitors have upgraded?
Upgrade now to ensure your business remains ahead.
3 Alternative Uses for Microsoft Teams in your Business
Like it or not, Microsoft Teams has taken the business world by storm. Pre pandemic Teams was gaining traction as a replacement for Skype & Slack.
When the pandemic hit, almost all businesses with Office 365 made the switch to Microsoft teams for online collaboration.
With many of our clients now fully embedded with Teams, we thought it would be worthwhile sharing some compelling use cases that you may not even know are possible within MS Teams.