Beyond passwords: How to use multi-factor authentication – aka 2FA – to improve your security

You are one data breach away from having your entire online life turned upside down. The problem is passwords, which are hopelessly fragile ways to secure valuable resources.

Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security by the belief that creating a longer, more complex, harder-to-guess password will somehow make you safer online. You can create a password that is so long and complex it takes you five minutes to type, and it will do nothing to protect you if the service where you use that password stores it improperly and then has their server breached. It regularly happens.

And even with reasonable policies in place (complexity, changed regularly, not reused), people are still the weakest link in the security chain. Social engineering can convince even intelligent people to enter their credentials on a phishing site or give them up over the phone.

The solution is two-factor authentication, or

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Adobe launches Google Assistant integration with Adobe XD

Adobe on Wednesday announced the launch the Google Assistant Preview plugin for Adobe XD, its user experience design platform. The integration is meant to make it easier for designers to export and preview Adobe XD voice prototypes to Google Assistant devices, such as phones, smart speakers and smart TVs.

Using voice commands, designers can ask a Google Assistant device to talk to Adobe XD, which will provide them access to their Adobe XD prototype through their Creative Cloud account. Designers can then interact with their prototypes on a voice device to test the user experience and enable rapid iteration on designs, Adobe said.

The Google Assistant integration follows Adobe’s Amazon Alexa XD integration that was released in July 2019, which allowed designers to preview voice designs on Amazon Alexa-enabled devices. Adobe’s bet for its software is that designers will mix voice technology with other interfaces. Voice technologies could be a

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Corporate WANs and their network providers not meeting new business needs

The Covid-19 pandemic has demonstrated clearly the vital part that the public internet and cloud-based services have played in underpinning dispersed companies’ corporate WAN (wide area network) landscapes, and reliable connectivity is seen as critical to business performance, but a study from global connectivity provider Telia Carrier warns that today’s enterprises may be connected, but also may be uninformed.

The research, Enterprise network insights 2020: transforming the corporate WAN, was conducted in four of the world’s biggest markets – the US, the UK, Germany and France – and aimed to provide insights into the evolution of the corporate WAN and cloud adoption from the top of business.

The study was carried out online in July-August 2020 by Savanta on behalf of Telia Carrier, with 414 respondents in the US, the UK, Germany and France. Participants came from a range of industries, including manufacturing/engineering, automotive, pharmaceuticals, banking, financial services, business

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