Phishing-Resistant MFA, Clone Phishing, and More.

by | Feb 21, 2024 | This Week in Tech

This Week In Tech, we talk about Phishing-Resistant MFA, Clone Phishing, and Using AI for Holiday Shopping.

MFA is not enough: Phishing attacks are becoming more damaging

Although Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) has been a significant step forward in enhancing security by adding an extra layer of protection beyond passwords, Phishing-Resistant MFA can significantly bolster security measures. The use of hardware tokens or biometric authentication is making it more challenging for attackers to bypass or manipulate. Hardware tokens generate one-time passwords that are difficult to intercept, while biometric authentication relies on unique physical characteristics that are harder to replicate or fake. Employing these more secure MFA methods can indeed elevate the overall security posture of systems and applications.

Read More: TechTarget

Clone Phishing: What is it and how does it work?

Clone phishing is a type of phishing attack where an attacker creates a replica, or “clone”, of a legitimate email, website, or communication that appears nearly identical to the original. The objective is to deceive recipients into thinking it’s a legitimate message from a trusted source, making them more likely to take a desired action, such as revealing sensitive information, clicking on malicious links, or downloading malware. Clone phishing typically works through replication by creating a replica of the genuine email or website, manipulation by altering links to direct users to a fake site designed to steal login credentials, and deception by tricking recipients into assuming the message is from a trusted source.

Clone phishing relies on the trust recipients have for familiar-looking communications. Being vigilant and verifying the authenticity of messages can greatly reduce the risk of falling victim to such attacks.

Read More: CyberTalk

Using AI for Holiday Shopping: Google shopping has 3 new features

Google’s advancements in AI for holiday shopping are quite exciting! There are 3 new features that represent Google’s efforts to integrate AI, image generation, and augmented reality to enrich the online shopping journey.
Interest-based gift suggestions: Google Shopping can now offer tailored gift recommendations. Users can input interests or hobbies of the person they’re shopping for and receive suggestions accordingly, making the gift selection process more intuitive and personalized.
AI-Generated Photorealistic Images: This feature harnesses AI to interpret textual descriptions and produce images that closely match the described item, aiding users in making purchasing decisions.
Virtual Clothing Try-On: This feature offers a virtual try-on experience for clothing by showcasing 40 photos of men and women of different shapes, sizes, and backgrounds.

Read More: CNBC

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