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Microsoft Picks Up PhoneFactor For Multifactor Authentication Microsoft Picks Up PhoneFactor For Multifactor Authentication

Microsoft announced today that it has acquired PhoneFactor, a provider of multifactor authentication. “The acquisition of PhoneFactor will help Microsoft bring effective and easy-to-use multifactor authentication to our cloud services and on-premises applications,” said Bharat Shah, corporate vice president, Server …

Google’s “Open Sesame” QR Log-in Feature: Don’t Get Used To It Google’s “Open Sesame” QR Log-in Feature: Don’t Get Used To It
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As previously reported, Google has a QR Code page for phone-based authentication. It was found in the wild, and has picked up a lot of attention on the social networks and in the tech press, but don’t get too attached …

Google Lets Users Sign Up With Yahoo Accounts
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Google has announced that it is now using OpenID for its signup process. Yahoo users can sign up for a Google Account with their existing email address. 

Google says that "a much larger number of people" complete the email verification process when OpenID is used. 

Twitter Apps Go OAuth Today
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As of today, Twitter apps will all use OAuth for user authentication. Users will be able to use apps without them storing their password.

"The move to OAuth will mean increased security and a better experience. Applications won’t store your username and password, and if you change your password, applications will continue to work," says

Google Adds Suspicious Log-in Detection to Google Accounts

Google is extending the suspicious log-in detection feature it recently launched for Gmail to all Google account users, starting this week. If you use any Google product that requires you to log-in with a Google account, this applies to you.

What The Web Needs Now: A Profile of Profiles
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Last week, Exxon had a weird situation on its hands: a fan set up an "official" Twitter profile and tweeted on behalf of the company. Suddenly, there are two mysteries: In $4.00 per gallon gas world, how does Exxon still have fans? And how can we ever be sure a person online is who they say they are?