Sep 25, 2020

Still using SMS codes, really?

The use of SMS codes to authenticate users has long since passed its zenith, but this method is still used all over the world in various industries as a supposedly secure 2FA login. This method is also still considered secure by regulators, especially in the financial services industry or the health sector. This is surprising, in view of the known security risks and the increasing number of cyber attacks.

Jul 2, 2020

ASK DR. SECURITY: Was my sister the victim of a social engineering attack?

Dr. Security gives tips and answers questions related to cyber security. This time it’s about social engineering attacks and “fake support” calls, which are becoming increasingly common among bank customers.

Apr 13, 2020

FIDO authentication: What is it and should you use it?

If you are reading this article, chances are you already know that passwords alone are not enough to secure your online accounts. That is why myriads of companies nowadays offer, or even enforce, the use of two-factor authentication (2FA) for accessing your account on their platforms. When it comes to optional 2FA offerings, think of sites like Gmail, Twitter and Facebook, and when it comes to mandatory 2FA implementations think more of your e-banking platform (at least in some countries, like Switzerland). Moreover, the approach of abolishing passwords altogether, called passwordless authentication, is also gaining ground and support in recent years.

Apr 8, 2020

ASK DR. SECURITY: What exactly is a SIM-Swapping Attack?

Dr. Security gives tips and answers questions related to cyber security. This time it’s about SIM Swapping attacks and the threat they pose to SMS-based authentication.

Dec 13, 2019

ASK DR. SECURITY: Why do I receive an SMS when I make a payment via eBanking?

Dr. Security gives tips and answers questions related to cyber security. This time it’s about the security of payments via eBanking.

Jul 19, 2019

ASK DR. SECURITY: Is it safe for my privacy to use FaceApp?

Very interesting question, and for sure a very actual one. Let me try to address this question using a Question and Answer Format. Here we go!

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