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A Guide to Authentication Methods (Infographic)

A Guide to Authentication Methods (Infographic)

Stolen passwords and weak passwords are responsible for over 80% of security breaches in 2018, and in 2019 over 150,000 security incidents and nearly 4,000 confirmed data breaches were caused due to weak or stolen passwords. Passwords are some of the weakest forms of authentication, and when user authentication is not secure, cybercriminals have easy access to take whatever information they want. 

Creating the perfect authentication method does not include just security, but also user convenience. Passwords and security questions are a very weak form of authentication as it leans on ‘shared secret’ between a service provider and a user. This also makes the user responsible for protecting and remembering multiple passwords at once, and with security questions, answers to those questions can commonly be found readily available on the user’s social media, rendering them nearly useless. A more secure way of authentication is to call a registered number to confirm a user’s identity, but this is not perfect as it requires a user to have a phone at the ready, and phone calls can be easily intercepted and redirected. Time based one use passwords are sent through a push notification, SMS message, or through an email. Codes sent expire after a short time, meaning even if they are compromised, the code can not be used. This form of authentication is more secure, but is still vulnerable to SIM hijacking, malware, and notification flooding attacks. Biometrics are some of the most secure types of authentication – though the tech utilizing it is still not perfect and can suffer from false positives. Biometrics are also some of the most convenient form of authentication as you always have your DNA, fingerprints, or face at the ready, and you do not need to remember a password.

Learn more about a guide to authentication methods and how the future without passwords is becoming a reality here:

A Guide to Authentication Methods (infographic)

A Guide to Authentication Methods (infographic)Source

The Lonliness Economy

The Lonliness Economy

Chronic loneliness can shorten lifespan by as much as 20 years – more than alcoholism or obesity. This epidemic is not new but it is still getting worse as Americans are getting increasingly lonely. In 2019, 61% of people felt lonely some or all the time, up from 54% of people feeling lonely in 2018. Most say that those around them do not share their interests, know them very well, or respect their abilities. All generations are feeling this loneliness, but the younger generations are more prone to feeling it as compared to older generations. But older generations are more prone suicide – 18$ of all suicides in the U.S. are seniors, the highest rate of any age group.

The reason for all this loneliness is based on a number of different factors. 77% of Americans say that they lack a social support system and a lack of social support can heighten risk for extreme loneliness. Everyone having someone to turn to for dependable help, trustworthy advice, and shared activities can help keep loneliness in check.

Loneliness can be harmful especially those with chronic physical and mental health conditions which can further complicate their already existent health problems. Loneliness can lead to poor health as those who are lonely are much more likely to have diagnosed depression, psychological distress, and overall poor health. It can also increase risk of other health issues such as diabetes, heart disease, and substance abuse. Loneliness can also affect the immune system’s functions – loneliness leads to a measurable effect on white blood cell count causing increased inflammation levels and decreased antiviral activity, as well as increasing norepinephrine levels which causes problems with the “fight or flight” response as well white blood cell production levels.

Learn more about how the loneliness epidemic is spreading across the country and how to combat it here:

The Lonleliness Epidemic (infographic)

The Lonleliness Epidemic (infographic)Source