Top 5 Security Stories in 2016

2016 was another stunning year in the battle against hackers. The bad guys were more than up to the task with new attacks and an endless display of innovation that challenged even the best security strategies.

Yahoo’s topped their half-billion record breach with a billion-record breach, ransomware ran amok, DDoS attacks scaled to new heights, the endpoint grabbed major attention, and the U.S. political process ended up in Russia’s crosshairs. With all of that as a backdrop, below is a quick look back at our most popular blog posts from 2016. Happy New Year and stay safe friends, 2017 promises even more.

You think your mobile app is safe? Think again…

Sadly, users are still their own worst enemy as they are not taking the safeguards to help protect themselves in digital mobile market today. As reported by Infosecurity Magazine, today, only 45% report locking their phone with a pin, password or biometric. Read More

Convenience Over Security is Often Not the Best Policy

Now NIST says SMS authentication is a “no-go”Forget your password?  No problem, just click “reset password” to receive a one-time code sent via SMS to your registered mobile phone.  From there you can create a new password to access your account. Inexpensive and Convenient?  Absolutely! Secure?  Maybe. Read More

How to win Pokémon Go (by cheating)

What RASP can do for your app. The hottest game in the market today is the new release Pokémon Go, developed by Niantic.  The game forces you to go outside and interact with the real world (in a safe manner, hopefully).  As you walk around, Pokémon appear and allow you to toss Pokéballs at them in an attempt to catch them all.  The more you walk the more you can attempt to catch and the stronger your Pokémon become.  The key mechanic in the game is to be able to use GPS to track your movement and combine that with mobile data points. Read More

I Hope That No One Gets My (SMS) Message in a Bottle…

The news is in that the National Institute of Standards and Technology has finally stated what both security professionals and hackers alike have known for years: SMS is insecure, and is no longer suitable as a strong authentication mechanism.  SMS Messages are not protected from the wrong eyes seeing them, and there is no assurance that they will actually go to the intended recipient.  Read More

Electronic Signatures Vs. Digital Signatures – Defining the Difference [Infographic]

To satisfy the expanding need for esignatures in every industry, VASCO recently acquired a leader in the electronic signature space—eSignLive. With many of our clients asking for digital signature services, we wanted to make sure that YOU know the difference between digital signatures and electronic signatures—and how the two should work together to provide a secure and legally binding solution to your document-signing needs. Read More


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