Security

Scamming: How to protect yourself against online fraud

Scamming: What is behind the fraud?

The internet is not new territory for scammers: Scamming encompasses all tricks that criminals use online in chats, via mail, or over social networks, to get unsuspecting people to give them their money. The criminals play their victims through deceitful methods on almost every platform across the internet: They build up a relationship, and eventually, lead their victims to make advance money...

OAuth

OAuth & OAuth 2: data usage across platforms

The “pathway to hell” – this is how Eran Hammer-Lahav once called the security protocol OAuth 2.0, on which he himself had worked for years. Others, however, use the service without issue. It enables users to use data and functions across multiple platforms in multiple services – for example, with the convenient single sign-on – using secure API authorization. But how exactly does OAuth2 work and...

What is FIDO2?

FIDO2: The new standard for secure web log-in

Passwords are not an ideal way to surf the World Wide Web safely. They are either so complex that they are hard to remember, or so simple that they can be guessed in next to no time. FIDO2 takes a different approach and relies on modern technology. The open standard has the potential to make surfing the net safer and more convenient at the same time.

QUIC – the Internet Transport Protocol based on UDP

QUIC: What is behind the experimental Google Protocol?

Quick UDP Internet Connections (QUIC for short), is an experimental network protocol from Google. Further development of the protocol is being driven by IETF, which has set up a dedicated group working towards it. The QUIC protocol is intended to offer a speed-optimized alternative to the current transport standard TCP and builds on the connectionless protocol UDP to achieve this.

What is HTTPS?

HTTPS: what it means and why it’s important

Current web browsers are increasingly refusing to accept unencrypted websites and insist that the encrypted version of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (i.e. HTTPS) be used. Why is this important? What is actually encrypted? What information can my browser provide me with about this? Here you will find the answers to these questions.

SAML

SAML: the XML framework for SSO at a glance

Simplifying log-in processes makes websites more user friendly, and also helps to increase the security of user data. One of the most popular solutions for implementing authentication processes is SAML (security assertion markup language). Through a variety of components such as special protocols and message formats, this XML-based framework helps to implement internal and cross-company log-on...

WebAuthn

WebAuthn (Web Authentication)

Passwords have long ceased to offer sufficient protection when surfing the internet: They are easy to crack, easily tapped, and difficult to remember. Together with the FIDO Alliance, the World Wide Web Consortium has developed a new standard. WebAuthn is intended to make logging into social media or online shopping portals easier and safer. How does it work?

WordPress cookie plugins

WordPress cookie plugins – the top 4 opt-in solutions

WordPress cookie plugins are an important component of any WordPress project because they ensure cookie compliance with a country’s legal requirements. Unless you’re using only technical cookies that are necessary for your web page to function, you should ask users permission to collect their information via cookies when they visit your WordPress page. Discover the four best plugins to create...

Finding a website host: how to search successfully

Host: how to find out which provider is most suitable for your project

If you want to release a new web project today, you need to find the right host. Hosts have become a popular alternative for large companies, since they enable convenient outsourcing of certain work areas or data, saving company resources. But how do you know which host and which hosting package best meets your needs? And why is the provider’s security concept such a crucial criterion nowadays?

Chrome Updates

What is Chrome 68?

Early next month, Chrome 68 will be launched and the new browser will distrust all webpages that do not have HTTPS encryption as “not secure”. This is a big step in the recent trend towards emphasizing user safety on the internet, a not entirely selfless strategy from Google. In this guide, we will explain what changes will be made, why they are happening, and how you can prepare your website...


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