Your Pass Thu, 09 Jun 2022 14:39:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Your Pass 32 32 You only need the Ghana Card to access student loan – SLTF CEO Thu, 09 Jun 2022 14:39:39 +0000

The Students Loan Trust Fund (SLTF) is optimistic that the new “No Guarantor” policy will create access to much-needed financial aid for thousands of college students each year.

According to SLTF CEO Nana Kwaku Agyei Yeboah, the previous policy which required students to have a guarantor before accessing the loan was a significant barrier for many students who needed the loan.

“Many students begin the loan application process every academic year but are unable to complete it and get loans disbursed because they cannot find eligible guarantors to vouch for them,” he said. declared.

The new policy requires students to complete an online application process, after which they undergo biometric verification with their Ghana card.

It is expected that the removal of the guarantor requirement will lead to a significant increase in the number of students applying for the loan.

“This is a milestone in the history of student loan administration in Ghana, and it has been made possible through this government’s digitization drive. Everything the Ghanaian student needs now , it’s from a map of Ghana,” said Nana Kwaku Agyei Yeboah.

Nana Kwaku Agyei Yeboah was speaking at the launch of the SLTF No Guarantor Policy, which took place at KNUST School of Engineering Auditorium in Kumasi.

He said that due to the difficulties faced by students in finding guarantors, the Fund is able to help less than 10% of the tertiary student population.

He thanked the Vice President and the Minister of Education for their support in carrying out the policy.

Winners Announced in NIST Challenge for Contactless Fingerprint Biometrics Wed, 08 Jun 2022 21:42:17 +0000

The results of Phase 2 of the Mobile Fingerprinting Innovation Technology (mFIT) challenge organized by the United States National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have been partially revealed, and experts say the evaluation shows that biometrics of Contactless Fingerprint is now ready for practical deployments.

The Phase 1 winners, announced in June 2021, were BlueBible Team, ENGR Dynamics, Idemia, Identy, Slapshot SDK Team (which includes Integrated Biometrics and Scientometrics), and Telos ID. Each received $85,000 in prize money. Two additional teams also participated in Phase 2, Tech5 and a team including T3K.

First place overall in Phase 2 of the mFIT Challenge is tied between Idemia and Telos, who also tied for the “First Responder Choice Award”. The Slapshot SDK team is tied with Identy and ‘T3K & Teeltech’ for third place. The Slapshot team’s technology provided a corresponding accuracy rate of 95% or better in the Phase 2 evaluation, which is ahead of the challenge, however, said the executive vice president of Integrated Biometrics. , Tom Buss. Biometric update in an interview.

The challenge is organized in collaboration with the FirstNet telecommunications network for first responders and aims to establish the effectiveness of technologies for contactless mobile fingerprint capture, transmission on FirstNet and matching with legacy databases filled with reference patterns collected on contact-based biometric scanners.

This will allow police to identify persons of interest without transporting them to a station first, saving time and money for the force, while making the process less time consuming and less convenient for the subject. Identifying a suspect early could also have significant benefits for public or officer safety.

Buss explains that NIST took a database of 2 million reference patterns and added biometrics from fingerprints of 100 volunteers collected on contact-based scanners to match the ABIS.

The Colorado-based NIST division works with the Federal Communications Commission and organized the mFIT Challenge to encourage the development of technological innovations to support public safety workers, such as police and other first responders. The industry was challenged to come up with a method of collecting slap (four-finger) fingerprints with a smartphone camera that would yield processable images, Buss says.

“You would like to have some kind of tool that is not difficult to carry or separate equipment that you have to plug in.”

NIST measured input matching accuracy, but also “a bunch of other metrics related to usability, look and feel,” Buss says. While these items are important to overall performance, they didn’t carry as much weight and IB focused on biometric matching results, Buss said, as applications will be developed and fine-tuned by systems integrators for production deployments.

Integrators of mobile applications to capture contactless fingerprints are the same group that already serves the law enforcement community with biometric technologies used in police stations, according to Buss.

The Slapshot Team Approach

The Slapshot SDK captures images at less than 2% of the 500 pixels per inch of the legacy database models.

“If the images presented at ABIS are not close to 500 ppi resolution, the accuracy drops off quite quickly,” Buss notes.

Sciometrics software included in the SDK controls the precision of the resolution at which all fingers are captured, with a high level of focus provided by a series of images, with the optimal image for each finger selected to create the model probe.

CEO Shawn O’Rourke says IB has a patent portfolio for contactless technology that is just as robust as its contact-based IP portfolio.

Meanwhile, standards are being created for contactless fingerprint capture and will be partly informed by mFIT results.

Sciometrics President Mark Walch describes the results of the mFIT challenge as showing that contactless fingerprint collection is “ready for prime time,” which he hopes will spur NIST action to support. creating these standards.

Buss says IB plans to leverage its leadership in the contactless ID space to meet demand for identity verification with a future software release. This will involve different considerations, such as the quality of the phone cameras involved vary more widely.

“We’re going to conquer this contactless market just as we conquered the contact market for fingerprints,” said Dave Gerulski, IB’s senior vice president of sales and marketing.

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precision | biometric matching | biometric tests | biometrics | biometric search | contactless | fingerprint biometrics | Integrated biometrics | mFIT Challenge | NIST | Sciometry | Slapshot SDK

Intelligent packaging: revolutionizing the link between manufacturers and consumers Wed, 08 Jun 2022 14:16:11 +0000

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Automating supply chains improves operational efficiency and profitability. Internet of Packaging (IoP) technologies, such as RFID, barcodes, QR codes, and digital printing, have already been understood and adopted, and are now beginning to emerge with new competitive advantages over the market. Inventory control, authenticity, security, and customer experience are just part of what the IoP has started to deliver. Learn how IoP technologies can provide information a consumer needs to know before buying a particular product, and how they can improve customer relationships and reveal data on a wide variety of concerns. Learn how these technologies deliver product authenticity, durability, and powerful customer experiences, plus measurable ROI.

Welcome and introduction
Speaker: Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal

11:05 a.m.
Smart packaging technologies: RFID, QR codes and digital printing
Smart supply chains create opportunities for smart packaging. Information regarding the sustainability of companies and products is one of the benefits of the interaction between manufacturer and consumer offered by smart packaging solutions. The valuable time consumers have a product in their hands, in front of a store display or at their table, can be converted into more consumption and increased customer experience and satisfaction.

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Alcohol company uses NFC to ensure authenticity of its products
Brazilian liquor producer Roma uses Near Field Communication technology to connect shoppers to its Cachaça Roma brand and improve the customer experience. Cachaça, the national spirit of Brazil, is a distilled beverage produced exclusively in the country, and it is used to make the country’s most famous cocktail, the caipirinha. The company chose an NFC-compatible solution that would facilitate traceability and thus eliminate the risk of counterfeiting the drink, and which would provide security to consumers of the product. Find out how technology is helping Roma better understand the consumption habits of its customers.

RFID readers Sustainable development solutions
Sustainability is on the agenda for businesses and consumers today. According to market research, there has been a 22 percentage point increase during the COVID-19 pandemic in the importance of sustainability as a crucial element in shoppers’ choice of brand, which reaches now 55% of consumers. Find out how RFID has helped businesses in various industries, including food, achieve a regenerative retail economy.

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Pharmaceutical industry serializes drugs in Brazil
Brazil’s National Medicines Control System (SNCM) focuses on ensuring product authenticity, a widespread global issue in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. GS1 Datamatrix technology is used throughout the country following a mandate from the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa). Pharmaceuticals are monitored in supply chains from manufacturing to consumption. This session will feature a discussion among several pharmaceutical companies around the world who are testing the system and intend to adopt RFID and other smart packaging technologies.

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LastPass Introduces Passwordless Vault Access Wed, 08 Jun 2022 04:50:05 +0000

LastPass, maker of the password management service, introduced support for accessing a customer’s vault using passwordless technology in June 2022.

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Passwordless account systems use other means of authentication to provide users with access to services and accounts. Instead of requiring account passwords, passwordless systems use mobile apps, biometric identification technologies, hardware security keys, or other identification technologies.

LastPass users setting up passwordless access currently require the LastPass Authenticator app to do so. Support for other passwordless authentication systems will be added in the future according to LastPass, but currently only the Authenticator app offers this functionality.

LastPass users verify login requests in the LastPass Authenticator app to log in to their accounts; you no longer need to type or paste the master password for the account to access it once no password is enabled for the account.

LastPass notes that passwordless login offers advantages over traditional password-based logins: according to the company, passwordless eliminates the stress of having to choose and remember passwords, and it blocks data breaches and hacks that use stolen passwords. Passwordless authentication, on the other hand, requires access to the LastPass Authenticator app. In the future, customers will be able to log in using biometric authentication or hardware security keys.

The master account password is still required for some operations. Passwordless login to LastPass requires access to the LastPass Authenticator app; if the application is not available, for example when the phone is lost, stolen or damaged, then it is necessary to use the master password to access the account.

The master password is required to add new devices to the list of trusted devices. Anyone with access to the LastPass app could otherwise log into a user’s vault.

LastPass customers must download the Authenticator app on their mobile devices and set up passwordless in their vault to switch to the new authentication method.

Microsoft introduced support for passwordless access to Microsoft accounts in 2021, and Google, Microsoft, and Apple committed in 2022 to a passwordless sign-in standard.

Closing words

Passwords are a major attack vector, especially if two-factor authentication is not used or supported. Passwordless authentication takes the password out of the equation and simply uses second factor authentication to verify logins.

Now you: Do you already use passwordless authentication or do you plan to do so?


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]]> obtains ISO 27001:2013 certification for information security management systems Tue, 07 Jun 2022 22:18:13 +0000

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Accreditation validates that the company has implemented the highest internationally recognized standard for managing the security of its data assets

LONG BEACH, NY, June 07, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — [Nasdaq: AUID]a leading provider of secure, mobile and biometric identity authentication solutions, today announced that the company is an ISO 27001:2013 certified vendor whose Information Security Management System (ISMS ) has received third-party accreditation from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

Obtaining this internationally recognized certification reaffirms authID’s commitment to providing its customers with the highest level of assurance that its systems operate in a secure environment. Issued by A-LIGN, an independent and accredited third-party auditor, the ISO 27001 certification is proof that authID has complied with a rigorous framework of security management standards by guaranteeing the confidentiality, integrity and availability of its platform. biometric authentication.

“With the increase in account takeover, synthetic fraud and other cybersecurity threats, businesses that take proactive steps to protect themselves reduce their risk of loss of revenue, reputation and customer trust. “said Jeremiah Mason, SVP, Product, of “We recognize the importance of ISO 27001:2013 certification, which validates authID’s commitment to our customers and partners that we have implemented and exceeded the highest security standards for our best-in-class verification and verification systems. ‘biometric identity authentication.’

As US security mandates become increasingly comprehensive, including the government’s official “zero trust” cybersecurity strategy, information security and risk management are a top priority for both the public and private sector. authID’s Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) solutions, including passwordless and FIDO2 biometric authentication, provide uncompromising security to protect against unauthorized access, without affecting comfort and ease of use and enable its users to comply with safety regulations.

“Cybercriminals are relentless when it comes to finding new ways to circumvent authentication methods to access sensitive information,” said Tom Thimot, CEO of “By eliminating passwords and leveraging FIDO2 authentication coupled with cloud-based identity authentication, organizations can accurately and securely verify a user’s identity, eliminating any assumption about “who” is hiding behind a device and preventing cybercriminals from infiltrating accounts and seizing assets.”

This latest ISO certification builds on authID’s rigorous security and compliance standards, following its Verified™ Platform achieve compliance with ISO 30107-3 Levels 1 and 2 for Presentation Attack Detection (PAD) and its previous SOC 2 compliance certificates.

About At (Nasdaq: AUID), We Are Digital Identity®. authID provides secure, mobile, biometric identity verification software products through Verified®, an easy-to-integrate Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) platform. Our suite of self-service biometric identity verification and authentication solutions frictionlessly eliminates passwords with consent-based face matching. Powered by sophisticated biometrics and artificial intelligence technologies, aims to build security and trust between businesses and their customers. For more information, visit

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Yoti, the Post Office’s digital ID service certified for the first time by the UK for employee verification Mon, 06 Jun 2022 21:43:01 +0000

UK-based company Yoti and partner Post Office are the first digital identity service providers (IDSPs) in the UK to be certified by the government to carry out identity checks for employment.

The two partner companies will see their combined biometric identity verification service made available for employment verification via web-based identity verification, reusable app-based digital identity and in-person verification at branches from the post office. These checks are performed by Document Validation Technology (IDVT) provided by an IDSP which verifies the right to work for UK and Irish citizens holding a valid passport.

Both digital ID providers are IDSP-certified to meet the needs of the Right to Work, Right to Rent and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) programs set up by the UK government. The right to work program aims to prevent illegal work by requiring employers to verify that their permanent, full-time or part-time, contract, zero-hours and work experience students and interns have the right to work at the UK. The programs conform to the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s Trust Framework for Digital Identity and Attributes.

Yoti’s digital ID applications secured by biometrics and the post office’s EasyID would also be viable for the right to work by sending a verified image of individuals’ passport to be stored and verified by an employer to meet ministry requirements. of the Interior in matters of “legal excuse”.

“Being one of the first IDSPs to be certified shows our commitment to the market and is a testament to the quality of our digital identity technology,” said John Abbott, Chief Commercial Officer of Yoti. Abbott notes that the maximum fine for hiring illegal workers is £20,000 (about US$25,072) per worker. “Certification under the Digital Identity and Attribute Trust Framework represents the gold standard for delivering digital identity services with security and privacy first, meaning customers have no concerns about GDPR,” he said.

Companies that will use Yoti and Post Office IDVT include HireRight, People Check, and Atlantic Data, among many others. More than three million people are said to have joined the Yoti and Post Office digital ID network.

Elinor Hull, Director of Identity Services at Post Office, said: “At a time when the hospitality and retail sectors in particular are struggling to recruit and bring staff into the shop floor , the ability to digitally verify candidates’ right to work speeds up the hiring process, is more secure, and could allow them to start earlier than if the candidate had to travel and then have their documents photocopied and physically verified.

Yoti also announced a partnership with First Advantage in February for Right to Work and DBS to integrate its selfie biometrics into First Advantage’s platform.

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UWB “Key experience”: How the iPhone becomes a car key Mon, 06 Jun 2022 14:16:19 +0000

Keyless systems for cars are convenient, but they’re not without controversy. Existing security solutions, which make a classic car key obsolete, can be tricked. Many high-priced automobile owners who have been theft victims can tell you a thing or two about this. With the so-called Ultrawideband (UWB) technology, more and more car manufacturers now want to put an end to these criminal activities. Read this article to find out how it works, for example, with a BMW 220i and the iPhone, and also why UWB has the potential to revolutionize the smart home market.

Hand on heart: While searching for the car key in trouser and jacket pockets, every driver has probably left their take-out coffee mug or other items on the roof of the car. Bad luck for those who have already temporarily forgotten about the object placed on the roof when getting into the car. Thousands of car rear windows have suffered coffee drops, laptops are smashed on the roads and lost briefcases bear witness to such misfortune.

Keyless systems ensure that the car unlocks automatically as soon as the owner approaches without having to take the key or press a button on the fob. The engine can also be started at the touch of a button, without an ignition lock in place. With previous systems, however, convenience comes at the expense of security, as they can be fooled with a little technical knowledge or a manageable financial outlay.

If the user approaches the car with the iPhone in their pocket, the door unlocks automatically. If you pay close attention, you can hear the door unlock just before you pull the handle. / © Alexander Hauk

With conventional keyless technology, in fact, the system measures the reception level of the key radio signal without checking whether the measured reception level makes sense. Sometimes all it takes is for the signal level to be high enough, and then the car doors will unlock. Criminals exploit this weak point using special devices. They extend and amplify the radio signal of the key, which the rightful owner attaches, for example, to the key ring behind his own front door or leaves on the restaurant table. According to a recent survey of 500 cars by the German Automobile Club (ADAC), only about 5% of vehicles are well protected against theft.

Several car manufacturers rely on UWB

A so-called relay attack as described above does not work with ultra-wideband technology. In fact, the system not only measures the signal level, but thanks to UWB, it also measures the propagation time of the radio signal extremely accurately. If the range is manipulated, where the transmission time of the radio signal between the transmitter and the receiver is too long, the car remains locked. For safety reasons, more and more car manufacturers are using this technology, including Audi, BMW, Ford, Genesis, Mercedes, Skoda and Volkswagen.

In addition to UWB technology for the key fob, BMW offers Digital Key Plus as an option for several models, including the BMW 220i Active Tourer. This allows the owner to store the electronic key in the digital wallet on a smartphone. For this to work, the “My BMW” app must first be downloaded and installed on the owner’s smartphone. For those who opt for the key fob, the door magically unlocks shortly before reaching the vehicle and also automatically locks shortly after the driver leaves the car. The engine can also be started by pressing the start button in the center console, because as soon as the owner of the key enters, the car recognizes the driver.

We tested the UWB car key with this BMW 220i and an iPhone. / © Alexander Hauk.

The app also offers a lot of information and functions. For example, current fuel level and approximate range can be viewed on the go. The app can also be used to lock and unlock the vehicle by simply pressing a button on the corresponding symbol. Anyone who forgot the location of the car can press the “Vehicle Finder” button and the exact position will be displayed on a map.

Even if the smartphone’s battery runs out, the system takes care of this problem: all the driver has to do is hold their smartphone directly against the door handle. The doors are unlocked via the NFC chip integrated into the smartphone itself. In addition, every BMW customer continues to receive a conventional key fob with buttons in case the smartphone is lost or stolen. What else is practical? The digital key can also be shared with others, such as family members, through the app.

Digitaler und physikalischer Autoschlüssel

By iPhone or the classic key fob? With more and more brands and vehicles jumping on the bandwagon, users have a choice. / © Alexander Hauk

This is how UWB technology works at BMW and other automakers

Several chips are integrated into the vehicle which receives the encrypted radio signals from the smartphone. From the time it takes to send and receive these signals, the exact spatial position of the rightful owner of the car is determined. The car can only be started if the driver is seated inside.

In addition to BMW, several other car manufacturers rely on UWB technology. At Audi, the technology is currently available for the classic key fobs of the A3 and Q4 e-tron models. All future models based on the new PPE (Premium Platform Electric) and PPC (Premium Platform Combustion) vehicle platforms will be available with the new technology. “The first models on the new platforms will be introduced next year,” said Audi spokesman Michael Crusius.

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The BMW app also brings other benefits. For example, it lets you peek inside the car. / © Screenshot: Alexander Hauk, editing: NextPit, photo: DenPhotos /

At Skoda, UWB technology is currently found in the key fobs of the Octavia and Enyaq models. “It is expected that other model ranges will be equipped with this technology,” said Skoda spokesman Karel Müller. According to Volvo Cars’ Michael Schweitzer, the Swedish automaker currently has no vehicles with UWB technology in its lineup. However, this will be taken into account when planning future models, a Volvo spokesperson informed us.

Only possible with modern smartphones

The technical prerequisite for this extraordinary key experience is not only the right car, but also a compatible smartphone. Apple, for example, has equipped all iPhone models from the iPhone 11 with a UWB chip. The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Samsung Galaxy S21+ and Ultra, Galaxy S22 series, and Z Fold 2 and Z Fold 3 also support the same wireless technology. In Xiaomi’s lineup, only the Mi Mix models are currently compatible, and Google’s are the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.

However, UWB technology is not limited to smartphones alone: ​​a corresponding chip is also installed in the Apple Watch 6 and Apple Watch 7, as well as in the Apple AirTag, Apple HomePod mini and Galaxy SmartTag from Samsung.


The iPhone 13 series supports the full UWB standard. / © NextPit

Since UWB enables precise positioning and the technology can transmit large data packets over an extremely wide frequency spectrum, the technology is also attractive for many application areas for both indoor and outdoor use. the outside. Parallel use of WLAN or Bluetooth is not a problem at all because the frequency ranges do not overlap and therefore you will not encounter any possibility of interference.

A bright future for UWB

With the Internet of Things, UWB has the potential to change the world and make everyday life a little safer and more convenient. Not only with cars, but also apartment and house doors or garage doors could be fitted with it. The previously mentioned trackers from Apple and Samsung can help locate misplaced items, such as a set of keys.

Inland navigation is also possible with UWB. Since the technology can be used to locate objects with precision down to centimeters, it can also be used to control smart home devices in the future. Just point the smartphone at a compatible device, and it’ll get to work. The device will be recognized and can be controlled via an app on the screen. However, it is still cheaper to use WLAN and Bluetooth, so this convenience will probably have to wait a little longer.

The Ultimate Facebook Privacy and Security Checklist Sun, 05 Jun 2022 19:00:00 +0000

Prepare for hacks and data breaches. Here are all the steps you need to follow to lock your Facebook profile and control your privacy.

When social media started gaining traction in the early 2000s, privacy was less of a concern due to the limitations of social media platforms, and perhaps because fewer people had access to the internet. Nowadays, thanks to security breaches and data leaks, we are all very aware that our digital privacy is volatile.

With the vast amount of information available on your Facebook profile, it’s important to protect your privacy from identity theft, hackers, and people who might want to access your account. By limiting the personal data accessible to others, you can protect yourself and those around you.

To help you, we’ve put together a checklist of steps you can take to lock down your Facebook profile. We’ve separated them by the different sections found in Facebook’s settings page.

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  • Under the Security and Login tab, check the box Where you are logged in section to identify the devices you have connected to Facebook. If you see a browser or device you don’t recognize, select it. three points next and choose Sign out. If you notice anything suspicious, select Not you?.
  • If you think someone might have access to your Facebook, go to Login section of Security and connectionthen select Change password. You need to create a hard-to-guess passphrase that is different from the ones you had before (include upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters).
  • Don’t want to save your login information? If someone else has access to your computer or devices, you can choose not to save your login information by changing the Save your login information option. Here you can delete an account or delete information saved on other devices.
  • To further strengthen your security, you can add two-factor authentication to your Facebook account. You can use an authenticator app, receive an SMS message or a security key when you log in from an unrecognized browser or device.
  • Be informed of any unrecognized Facebook connection attempt by the option of Receive alerts on unrecognized connections under the Implementing additional security section.


  • You must ensure that the visibility of your current and future publications corresponds to your expectations. You can do this by visiting the Privacy tab and navigating to Your activity. Future posts can be set to public, friends, friends except, only me, or specific friends.
  • The activity section also lets you review any posts or pictures you’ve been tagged in. You can accept or reject tags by displaying the Activity Log.
  • If you’d rather people not see any of your old posts on Facebook, you can choose to limit the audience of old posts on your timeline. This means that any previous public posts or those you’ve shared with friends of friends will be restricted to your friends only.
  • Privacy doesn’t just stop with your own information. You can limit the audience that sees the people, pages, and lists you follow. The same options apply here as for future releases.
  • Locking your Facebook security can prevent people from finding you, but you can adjust the settings in the How people can find and contact you section. Here you can allow everyone to send you friend requests, or only friends of friends.
  • If people can’t find you through Facebook search using your name, they might be able to find you using the email address or phone number you provided when you signed up. You can remove this option by selecting Just meor limit it to friends or friends of friends.
  • To ensure that your Facebook profile cannot be found via search engines, select Nope under the Would you like search engines outside of Facebook to link to your profile section.
  • Don’t want to be harassed by strangers via Facebook Messenger? You can decide whether chats are received or filtered on message requests by adjusting your Potential Connections and The other people in the How do you receive message requests settings.

  • While you can view your tagged posts and photos elsewhere, you can adjust the global settings for them under the Profile & Tagging tab. Here you can decide who can post on your profile.
  • Once someone posts something, posts to your profile by other people (friends, friends of friends, friends except, specific friends, and everyone) may be viewable. Be sure to set the audience to decide who can see other people’s posts on your profile.
  • If you want to further customize your profile settings, you can hide comments containing certain words from your profile by adding words, phrases or emojis. This means that comments containing these words will only remain visible to those who wrote them and their friends.
  • Allowing friends to tag you in photos or messages can be managed in the markup section. Here you can limit who sees posts you’re tagged in, as well as the post’s audience.
  • Not sure if you’re happy with what you’ve been tagged in? You can see the posts you’re tagged in or the tags people add to your posts under the tab Revision section.

  • The Public Posts tab in Facebook settings lets you decide who can follow you (including your posts, stories, and reels). This information may be shared publicly or only with your friends.
  • Once you’ve published a post, you can adjust the audience who can comment on your posts. However, it should be noted that if you limit this to friends, their friends may still be able to comment.
  • Some information on Facebook is always public, such as your cover photos, profile photos, and featured photos. You can manage who can like or comment on them, including the public, friends of friends, or friends only.
  • If you’ve commented or been tagged in a public group post that’s then shared outside of Facebook, you can turn off previews so that your username and profile picture don’t show. This can be done by the Off-Facebook previews option.

  • Adding people to your restricted list on Facebook via the Blocking tab means that they will remain your friends on Facebook, but will not be able to see only the posts you share with your friends.
  • If you want to block a Facebook user from seeing your timeline, tagging you, adding you as a friend, or even having a conversation with you, you can add them to your blocked list.
  • To block someone from your Facebook and Facebook Messenger, you can add them to your Block messages listing. You will also need to make sure to block their profile on Facebook.
  • Harmful applications for which you do not want to receive notifications? By using the Block app invites and Block apps options, you can stop certain people from being invited to apps or stop notifications from specific apps altogether.

6. Quick Tips

  • To make sure your privacy settings are up to date, you need to run Facebook’s privacy control under Settings and Privacy. This is a quick overview of your existing settings for who can see what you share, how people find you, and more.
  • Below general settings, you must ensure that your name and contact details are correct. If you lose access to your account and need to prove your identity, you will need to be able to confirm your details.
  • Don’t want Facebook to know where you are? Check the Location and disable location history for your mobile devices.

Be Aware of Facebook Privacy

By cleaning up old messages, being careful who sees your photos, and limiting access to your personal data, you can create a secure online presence on Facebook and other social media. It’s worth revisiting these settings periodically to make sure everything is as locked down as you want it to be.

Comparison of NerdWallet (NASDAQ:NRDS) and Sterling Check (NASDAQ:STER) Sat, 04 Jun 2022 12:25:59 +0000

Sterling Check (NASDAQ:STER – Get Rating) and NerdWallet (NASDAQ:NRDS – Get Rating) are both small cap business services companies, but which company is superior? We’ll compare the two companies based on institutional ownership strength, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, profitability, risk, and dividends.

Benefits and evaluation

This table compares the gross revenue, earnings per share, and valuation of Sterling Check and NerdWallet.

Gross revenue Price/sales ratio Net revenue Earnings per share Price/earnings ratio
Sterling check $641.88 million 2.85 -$18.53 million N / A N / A
NerdWallet $379.60 million 2.07 -$42.50 million N / A N / A

Sterling Check has higher earnings and earnings than NerdWallet.

Analyst Notes

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Sterling Check and NerdWallet, as provided by

Sales Ratings Hold odds Buy reviews Strong buy odds Rating
Sterling check 0 2 6 0 2.75
NerdWallet 0 1 seven 0 2.88

Sterling Check currently has a consensus price target of $28.75, suggesting a potential upside of 51.48%. NerdWallet has a consensus price target of $24.93, suggesting a potential upside of 112.70%. Given NerdWallet’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe that NerdWallet is more favorable than Sterling Check.


This chart compares the net margins, return on equity, and return on assets of Sterling Check and NerdWallet.

Net margins Return on equity return on assets
Sterling check N / A N / A N / A
NerdWallet N / A N / A N / A

Insider and Institutional Ownership

85.5% of Sterling Check shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 49.0% of NerdWallet shares are held by institutional investors. 49.6% of NerdWallet shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership indicates that endowments, hedge funds, and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

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Sterling Check Corp. provides background and identity verification technology services in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Asia-Pacific. The Company offers identity verification services, such as telecommunications and device verification, identification document verification, facial recognition with biometric matching, social security number verification and identification verification. via live video chat; fingerprinting; background checks, including criminal record checks, sex offender registries, civil court records, motor vehicle and driver’s license records, executive inquiries, credit reports, searches on social media and contingent labor solutions; liens, judgments and bankruptcies; and sanctions, risks and compliance checks. It also provides credential verification services, which include employment verification, education verification, credential verification, professional reference verification, and transportation department; drug and health screening; onboarding solutions, including Sterling I-9 which integrates a suite of screening and onboarding services and onboarding forms; and solutions for monitoring workforce, medical licensing and motor vehicle records. The company’s services are delivered through its cloud-based technology platform that empowers organizations with real-time, data-driven insights to conduct and manage their employment screening programs. It serves customers in a range of industries, such as healthcare, gig economy, financial and business services, industrial, retail, contingents, technology, media and entertainment, transport and logistics, hospitality, education and government. The company was previously known as Sterling Ultimate Parent Corp. and changed its name to Sterling Check Corp. in August 2021. Sterling Check Corp. was founded in 1975 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

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6 Ways to Make TeamViewer More Safe, Private and Secure Fri, 03 Jun 2022 20:30:00 +0000

TeamViewer is one of the most popular remote access software. You may find TeamViewer to be a fantastic program for gaining remote access. However, it is also an easy way for hackers to take advantage of your personal information.

Besides that, this tool has also been used for support scams before. So is TeamViewer safe to use? Granted, hackers can abuse this program, but if used correctly, it’s an incredible way to gain remote access.

Here’s how to make TeamViewer safer, more private, and more secure.

1. Enable two-factor authentication (2FA)

Curious about two-factor authentication? Two-factor authentication in TeamViewer gives accounts an extra layer of protection. This feature allows a verification step of the login ID and password.

When two-factor authentication is enabled, you get a unique code on your smartphone shortly after entering your username and password. This is an invincible barrier against tech support scams and other cyber crimes.

When someone tries to connect to the secure device, you will then receive a push notification on your phone with the device ID and a prompt asking whether you want to let them connect or not.

To set up two-factor authentication, open TeamViewer settings on your desktop, then click Security > Two-factor authentication for logins > Configure. To add a new approval device to approve connections, simply follow the on-screen instructions.


2. Set up a unique strong password

Whether you use TeamViewer or any other service, you should always use a password that contains both upper and lower case letters, special characters and numbers. This simple method can protect your account and prevent hackers from accessing your information.

Follow these steps to update your TeamViewer password:

  1. Log in to the TeamViewer user management console.
  2. Open your Profile settings and click on the Security option.

  3. Now click on the Change password button.
  4. Enter your current password and a new password.
  5. Once you are done, confirm the changes by clicking Change password Again.

When entering your new password, you should avoid making common password mistakes that could compromise your account security. Do not use popular or easily guessed passwords such as “123456”, “abc123”, “qwerty”, etc.

Use a password manager to generate and store your passwords, so you don’t have to remember them all. There are many other benefits of password managers that make them essential for everyone.

3. Activate unattended access in TeamViewer

Unattended Access in TeamViewer allows you to remotely access or control your computer at any time without physically being there. This method is more secure than those that rely on passwords due to the presence of a powerful feature: the aforementioned two-factor authentication.

Using two-factor authentication to secure your TeamViewer account greatly reduces the likelihood of a third party gaining access to your devices. However, if the device is not yet associated with your TeamViewer account, you will need to assign it first.

Follow these steps to enable unattended access in TeamViewer:

  1. Open the TeamViewer console.
  2. Enable or toggle the Start TeamViewer with Windows and Grant easy access checkboxes.

  3. Now, on the next screen, click on the Attribute to assign your device to your TeamViewer account.

4. Configure blocking and allowlist

You can easily track who can connect to your devices using TeamViewer using the Allow List and Block List options.

Blocklist, as the name suggests, allows you to block specific partners or devices from connecting to your computer. TeamViewer credentials or accounts on the blocklist will not be able to connect to your computer.

You can, on the other hand, configure your personalized whitelist to allow only specific partners or contacts to connect to your computer. Therefore, even if strangers somehow get your TeamViewer email address and password, they cannot log into your computer.

Here’s how to configure your custom list to allow or block someone in TeamViewer:

  1. Open the TeamViewer console and click the gear icon or the settings button in the upper right corner.

  2. Then navigate to Security > Block & Allow List > Configure…

  3. A new window will open. Select if you want Allow Where Deny access to partners on your list.
  4. When finished, click the To add button.
  5. Manually add the partners or contacts in the list and save the changes by clicking on the OKAY button.

Is TeamViewer safe for business use? Yes, provided you follow the security measures described.

To ensure greater security, you can simply connect your company or company profile to your TeamViewer account, and you can also whitelist the full company profile. This is useful if you only want certain people to have remote access to your device.

5. Disable TeamViewer startup with Windows

Usually, the best way to prevent hackers from accessing your computer is to log out of the application. Thus, to avoid any attack via TeamViewer when you are away from your PC, we recommend that you log out of your TeamViewer account.

The same advice applies to all computer programs. Hackers are always on the lookout for this kind of remote access apps so they can use your computer as part of a botnet and launch DDoS attacks.

You should only run the TeamViewer program when you need it. But what if you need TeamViewer always on for your job? In this case, you don’t need to log out, just disable the Start TeamViewer with Windows TeamViewer console option.

To ensure greater security, you can also disable autostart by using one of the many options for disabling startup programs in Windows. This is the best way to prevent someone from accessing your desktop.

If you’re using unattended access, you should keep this feature on because otherwise it might not work as expected.

6. Advanced security options in TeamViewer

You can control TeamViewer’s remote access features in various ways with its advanced security options. This kind of advanced security gives remote access sessions a wide range of minor permissions.

You can set these options to allow, after confirmation, or deny, depending on your needs. But we recommend that you choose the “after confirmation” or “confirm all” tab so that it asks for access permission before transferring files or connecting to a VPN.

Follow these steps to make the recommended changes for enhanced security and a safer TeamViewer experience:

  1. Open your TeamViewer console and navigate to Settings > Advanced.
  2. Now click on the Show advanced options button.

  3. Now uncheck the boxes next to Close tray menu and Clipboard synchronization.
  4. Toggle the Access control Possibility of Confirm all in the drop-down list.

  5. Finally, apply the changes by clicking OKAY.

Above all, if you’re wondering how to disable chats in TeamViewer, it’s quite simple. Move towards Settings > Advanced > Advanced Options and switch it Disable chats check box.

Is TeamViewer safe?

Yes, TeamViewer is safe to use, as long as you use it correctly and make it safer. Along with following the mentioned tips, you should also update it regularly to avoid emerging vulnerabilities.

You should also check trusted devices to see if your TeamViewer account has been hacked.