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The FIDO Alliance’s “Second Factor Experience” In A Nutshell

The FIDO Alliance’s “Second Factor Experience” In A Nutshell

The FIDO Alliance is a conglomerate of top technology corporations (Microsoft, Google, Oberthur, NXP, Paypal, etc…) aiming to create standardized enhanced authentication with specific goals of “Passwordless Authentication” (UAF) and “Second Factor Authentication” (U2F). Essentially, they want to be able to framework how companies provide secure access to their web resources as well as how users prove their identity to the companies. Here’s my take on the effort.

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Authentication solutions comparison

Authentication solutions comparison

There’s a lot of debate in the information security industry about what the next-gen solution will be for authenticating users into services (websites, applications, etc…). I’ve collected a list of suggested authentication solutions (both hardware and software mechanisms) and will try to shed some light on their pros and cons.

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LogMeIn Rescue SAML 2.0 Authentication Tips

LogMeIn Rescue SAML 2.0 Authentication Tips

I’ve dealt with a lot of integration projects involving Single Sign-On using SAML2.0 but LogMeIn Rescue’s process for achieving this threw me for a loop initially. I’d like to share a little insight to hopefully help others achieve SSO using LMI Rescue with minimal pain.

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Dell Inspiron 1545 upgrades on the cheap

Dell Inspiron 1545 upgrades on the cheap

There are 3 areas I’d like to cover as upgrades that either improve performance or just ones that I’ve done myself that I’d like to share. There are a lot of question marks about which CPUs or Wireless adapters are compatible. I will tell you what I know for fact will work and what the results of those upgrades were.

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Dell Inspiron 1545 Wireless Adapter Upgrade (802.11agn 5 GHz WiFi + Bluetooth 4.0)

Dell Inspiron 1545 Wireless Adapter Upgrade (802.11agn 5 GHz WiFi + Bluetooth 4.0)

After recently moving to a new house, I decided to take some time to carefully plan out my home network. One of the sore points of living in a city is that you have neighbors; lots of neighbors with WiFi APs polluting the 2.4 GHz band. I wanted to avoid this at all costs and decided to enable the 5 GHz radio on my Netgear WNDR3700 v4 running DD-WRT build 22118 (highly capable hardware and firmware combination for a home AP).

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Dyn Geek Summer Camp 2013

Dyn Geek Summer Camp 2013

The Dyn Geek Summer Camp 2013 conference in Manchester, NH was held yesterday and today. It was probably the best conference I’ve been to this year and, best of all, it was a 5 minute walk from work. Great speakers, great entertainment, a great facility, and great food! This was Dyn’s first year hosting this conference and I hope they continue this new tradition as it was a blast and I felt like I’m walking away with a little more insight into what’s to come in the realm of technology. Here’s some photos and videos!

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