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The WiKID Blog, musings on two-factor authentication, information security and some other stuff.

Article in [IN]Secure magazine: Adding two-factor to Google apps

You can download the latest [In]Secure Magazine Issue 34 in pdf format here:  net-security.org/insecuremag.php

More on the Security of Software Tokens

A long time ago, I had a blog post discussion with Securology about the security of software tokens. Since then there has been a massive shift away from hardware-based tokens. A recent post on sensepost about cloning RSA software tokens will rekindle this discussion. Indeed, this morning I discussed it on twitter with boB Rudis and Rafal Los

Accidental Rugged Devops

This week at Secureworld Expo Atlanta, I had the pleasure of hearing Gene Kim talk about Rugged DevOps. When I first ran into Gene, he was with someone I worked with previously at another start-up.  That sent me down memory lane.

Where to keep the keys?

Lori MacVittie has a great post over Devcentral at F5 about the current state of Identity for Cloud. It is well worth a read.

Authentication isn't strong without encryption

A few days ago, Twilio posted about using their SMS service to "Build a Phone-based Two-Factor Authentication" (sic). As we have noted before, SMS-based systems are technically better than static passwords, but SMS-based authentication schemes seem to be proliferating without any consideration given to their relative security.  Twilio seems like a great service and this post shows how easy it is to use, but I think this post deserves a response, lest developers add insecure code to their application or are left with false impressions about the security of their authentication mechanisms.

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