As we enter the first week in October we are reminded that this month is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. With that comes plenty of news, warnings and educational campaigns aimed at helping users at all levels to become more aware of the issues we all face with security and privacy.
Several major companies, including a long time geek favorite, Intel have announced their commitment to the National Cyber Security Alliance’s “Lock Down Your Login”
Internet safety and security initiative. The campaign, which was first
announced by the White House in February, calls for all Americans to
move beyond traditional username and password protections to better
secure the important information in their email, banking, and social
“Lock Down Your Login” provides consumers with information ranging
from what strong authentication is, why it is important, and how it is
implemented. FAQs provide details about the goals of the campaign, the
limitations of traditional usernames and passwords, what kinds of
information is collected and used to support authentication.
For their part in the National Cyber Security Alliance, Intel is offering users more information on True Key, a free application developed by Intel Security that offers users a multifactor password manager that secures and encrypts all your passwords. Unlike most traditional password managers, True Key utilizes unique-to-you factors, like face and fingerprints, or devices you already own and have registered, to use two-factor authentication allowing you to safely store all your passwords and guarantee that you'll be the only one using them. Consumers can download this free app at www.truekey.com — an easy way to enhance safety online.