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DuoSecurity Two-Factor Authentication for LuxSci Mobile Site

Monday, March 26th, 2012

LuxSci’s Mobile Site provides fast, convenient, simplified, and secure access to LuxSci user email, WebAides, support, documentation, and more.

Mobile Site now supports the use of advanced Two-Factor authentication via LuxSci’s integration with DuoSecurity.   DuoSecurity Two-Factor authentication is very slick and featureful beyond LuxSci’s basic Two-Factor option of sending a token to your phone or alternate email address on each login attempt.

Read more about DuoSecurity: Advanced Two-Factor Logins for LuxSci’s Web Interface.

DuoSecurity: Advanced Two-Factor Login for LuxSci’s Web Interface

Friday, December 30th, 2011

Two-Factor logins require users to

  1. Enter their username and password properly (the 1st factor)
  2. Authenticate a second way (e.g. by entering a code delivered to their mobile phones).
Use of two-factor authentication ensures that even if a user’s password is discovered, guessed, or captured, a malicious user still cannot gain access to the user’s account … at least not without also having access to the second factor.
Two-factor authentication significantly enhances the security of any system:
  • LuxSci staff use it for all administrative actions both through our web interface and at the server command line.
  • It is required for PCI compliance
  • It is good for HIPAA compliance
LuxSci has long offered a simple and effective Two-factor option for its web interface.  Now, LuxSci also supports DuoSecurity Two-Factor authentication with its web interface.  This option provides many advanced user and administration features and is very cost-effective (usually free) for small organizations.

Protect Your Passwords from Theft

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Passwords are the keys to a person’s identity.  However, it is more and more often the case that we hear of passwords and their corresponding usernames falling into malicious hands … causing financial loss, time loss, emotional distress, and worse.

In this day and age, you pretty much have to use the Internet and deal with passwords and security issues.  You can take many steps to protect yourself from password theft and to minimize the damage caused if a password were to fall into the wrong hands.

Common Ways Passwords are Compromised

In order to protect your passwords, we need to have a good idea of what we are protecting them against.  The most common ways that people’s passwords are discovered by others include:

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Two Factor Authentication

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

LuxSci has added two-factor authentication as an option for its web interface.

With two-factor authentication enabled, a user will first enter his/her username and password.  If that is successful, then a special Token will be sent to the user’s configured mobile device (as a text message / SMS) or an alternate email address configured for the user.  The user then enters this Token into the LuxSci web interface login screen to complete the login process.

Two-factor authentication can be configured on a per-user basis for any LuxSci user in the “Account > My Profile > Two-Factor Authentication” page.

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