Two-Factor Authentication has been known to act as an extra layer of protection for your accounts until now. Google has recently noticed an increase in phishing scams defeating the common security setup. The attacks, referred to as “2FA phishing attacks” work by tricking the victim into handing over both their password and their special one-time passcode protecting their Gmail account. The one-time passcode is generally harder to obtain, but hackers are now using “phishing kits” to obtain both codes quickly. The kit steals the password and passcode as the user types it in, breaking into the account within the 30-second time limit.
Review of the Month
Earlier this month, I visited Vermont for a ski weekend with friends. This trip marked my first time visiting Killington Mountain and I was surprised by the lift ticket I received. Instead of the familiar wire and sticker I was used to putting together and attaching to a zipper on my jacket, I paid $5 for an RFID card pass to use for the day. The reusable card looks like a credit card or hotel key card, and I was able to store it anywhere on my body. When entering a lift, I simply walked through a small gate, opening once it detected and scanned my RFID card. Though this technology is not new to me, seeing it working in this environment was a pleasant surprise. I’m happy to have a smoother, easier way of getting on a lift and continuing my day without worrying about a lift tag flapping around. Have you seen RFID technology in an unexpected place lately?